must be tough to win … over a million.

…. and to survive!!!

To be a Nobel prize winner must be the most amazing thing that can happen to somebody, the honor, and the prestige that comes with it – all the doors that will open. Plus meet our Royal family and shake hand with our King, Carl XVI Gustaf.

Which happened yesterday at the Concert Hall in Stockholm, followed with the worlds biggest sit-down dinner, The Nobel Prize Banquet at Stockholm’s City Hall  – 1350 guests.


And of course, there is the money. As of 2017, each prize is worth SEK 9,000,000 or about US$1,110,000, €944,000, £836,000.

Photo of the check received by Prof. J. C. Kendrew, 1962 Nobel Chemistry Laureate. Nowadays, no checks are given. The prize money is transferred by bank according to the Laureate’s wishes.

The winner can also invite family and friends for the week. I can’t find any information about how many guests each winner can bring to Stockholm … but in total there will be about 150.

Ever since the Prizes were established in 1901, laureates have stayed at Grand Hôtel during their Nobel Week in Stockholm.  @

Nobel Prize Laureates and their families are chauffeured by 12 black long-wheelbase BMW 7 series luxury sedans by Freys Hyrverk, the limousine company that has been serving the Nobel Foundation since 1901.

Then there is the banquet … and for that, you need some serious outfit as a female guest. Imaging all the fun and stress that comes with that.

This is  May-Britt Moser, who shared half of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Her dress were designed by UK based engineer turned designer, Matthew Hubble.  The dress is made from Silk satin outer with metallic leather strips. Now called the grid cells dress.

This what the Nobel Foundation says about the dress code.

“The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm and the Nobel Banquet that follows is a strictly formal affair. Gentlemen are required to wear white tie and tails, while ladies should be dressed in an evening gown. This is the perfect time to dress up and look like royalty! Wearing your national costume is an alternative to white tie and tails or evening gown.”


Tuesday 5 December
Press Conference regarding the Nobel Week in Stockholm at the Nobel Museum

Wednesday 6 December
Press Conference for the Laureate in Literature at the Swedish Academy, 1.00 p.m.

Press Conference for the Laureate in Physiology or Medicine at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, 2.00 p.m.

The changing power of music and science – Seminar with Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic,
and Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek at the Nobel Museum, 6.00 p.m.– 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 7 December
Press Conference for the Laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Economic Sciences
at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA),9.30 a.m.

Nobel Lectures in Physiology or Medicine at Aula Medica Karolinska Institutet,1.00 p.m.

Nobel Lecture in Literature at the Swedish Academy, 5.30 p.m.

Friday 8 December
Nobel Lectures in Physics, Chemistry and in Economic Sciences at Aula Magna, Stockholm University, at 9.00 a.m.

Nobel Prize Concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 7.00 p.m.

Saturday 9 December
Nobel Week Dialogue, The Future of Truth, at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m.

Sunday 10 December
The Nobel Day at the Nobel Museum, 11.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

Nobel Prize Award Ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 4.30 p.m.

Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, 7.00 p.m.

Monday 11 December
Royal Banquet Dinner at the Royal Palace, 7.30 p.m.

Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo
Saturday, 9 December
Press Conference for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate at the Norwegian Nobel Institute,1.00 p.m.

Sunday 10 December
Save the Children Peace Prize Party at the Nobel Peace Center, 11.00 a.m.

Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony at Oslo City Hall, 1.00 p.m.

Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel, 7.00 p.m.

Would I like to win the prize???!!! No, because first of all, I don’t have the brain for it … I would be totally lost in that company of the geniuses, but I would like to enjoy the banquet! And the money???!!!! Why not, but I can’t have one without the other.

“If I could explain it to the average person,
I wouldn’t have been worth the Nobel Prize.”
Richard P. Feynman
(The Nobel Prize in Physics 1965)

10 thoughts on “must be tough to win … over a million.

    • Yes, you said it … utterly amazing the whole thing with Nobel prize. I wonder how it’s to get that phone call from Stockholm a couple of months earlier!!!!

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