OSLO/STOCKHOLM This year’s Nobel laureates, like a pro-democracy Tunisian group, will get their prizes on Thursday in Oslo and Stockholm, with safety at the lavish banquets and concerts tightened soon after the Paris attacks last month.
Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won the peace prize for helping to build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, an instance of peaceful transition in a region struggling with violence and upheaval.
“Safety is larger than it would otherwise have been since of the circumstance in Europe,” Johan Fredriksen, chief of staff for Oslo police told Reuters.
Fredriksen declined to go into specifics. He stated there were no certain threats the police had been aware of in Norway.
Final year, a demonstrator carrying a Mexican flag disrupted the Nobel ceremony at Oslo City Hall when Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi received their Nobel Peace Prizes. He was not a guest but managed to get through the safety checkpoints.
The quartet of the Tunisian Basic Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Market, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers was formed in the summer season of 2013.
With a new constitution, cost-free elections and a compromise in between Islamist and secular leaders, Tunisia has been held up as a model of how to make the transition to a democracy from dictatorship.
In neighboring Sweden, the Nobel Prize winners in literature, chemistry, physics, medicine and economics had been gathering in Stockholm to acquire their prizes from the King of Sweden later in the day.
Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich won the literature prize for her portrayal of the harshness of life in the Soviet Union. In her 1st public statement following winning the prize, she denounced Russia’s intervention in Ukraine as an “invasion”.
In Stockholm, the winners will collect their medals at a concert hall ahead of attending a banquet at the city hall, which will include VIPs like European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.
Safety around the festivities – which has hundreds of royals and prominent politicians as guests – has also been heightened this year right after Sweden raised its terror threat level to the highest ever right after the Paris attacks.
Each of the prizes is worth 8 million Swedish crowns ($ 949,440).
(Writing by Alistair Scrutton Editing by Larry King)