STOCKHOLM – Colombian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos was in Oslo on Friday ahead of the Nobel Prize giving ceremonies to take place in the Norwegian capital and Stockholm, Sweden.
One notable absence on Saturday among this year’s laureates will be American singer Bob Dylan, who won the prize for Literature.
Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf will preside the ceremony in Sweden’s capital alongside Queen Silvia of Sweden, with Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, and her husband, Prince Daniel, in attendance.
Dec. 10 marks the death of the prize’s creator, Alfred Nobel, and sees the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded in Oslo, while the other prizes are presented in Stockholm.
Colombian President Santos was set to receive the Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.”
The conflict has seen some 220,000 Colombians lose their lives and displaced about six million, the Nobel committee said when it announced Santos as this year’s winner.
Among Santos’ special guests will be six victims of the conflict, including former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who was kidnapped by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels and held for more than six years.
The celebrations will then move onto Stockholm Concert Hall with 1,600 guests gathering from 4.30 pm local time to honor the prize winners in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine and Literature and the Prize in Economic Sciences.
There is a total of 10 people, and no women are among them.
American singer Bob Dylan, who won the prize for Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” will not attend due to other commitments.
However, American singer Patti Smith will be on hand to sing her rendition of his “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall.”
The other laureates include David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz for Physics; Jean-Pierre Sauvage, James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa for Chemistry and Yoshinori Ohsumi for Medecine.
Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström will receive the prize in Economic Sciences, which was established not by Nobel but Sweden’s central bank, Sveriges Riksbank, in 1969.
The winners will receive a medal, diploma and a document confirming the Nobel Prize amount of eight million Swedish Krona ($865,000).
After the ceremony, attendees will take part in a banquet in the Blue Hall of the City Hall of Stockholm.