Nobel Banquet

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Nobel Banquet
Panoramic Shot Nobel Banquet 2005.jpg
2005 Nobel Banquet
Date(s)10 December
VenueBlue Hall, Stockholm City Hall
Location(s)Stockholm, Sweden
Inaugurated1901 (1901)

The Nobel Banquet (Swedish: Nobelfesten) is an annual banquet held on 10 December in the Blue Hall of Stockholm City Hall, after the Nobel Prize ceremony.[1][2] At the banquet, for which a formal dress code exists, a multi-course dinner is served and entertainment provided.[3] After the dinner, a dance is held in the Golden Hall.[4] The event is broadcast live on SVT and Sveriges Radio, and abroad with generally high ratings.[5]


Black-and-white photo of large banquet
1958 Nobel Banquet in Stockholm City Hall's Golden Hall

The first banquet, for 113 male guests, was held in 1901[6] and until 1923 it was known as the Nobel Dinner (Swedish: Nobelmiddagen).[7] Until 1930 the banquet was held in Vinterträdgården at Stockholm's Grand Hôtel Royal,[8] and it has also been held in the Golden Hall of the Swedish Academy (Svenska Akademien).[9]

The banquet hosts 1,300 guests (including the Swedish Royal Family) and 200 students. Its host, the chair of the Nobel Foundation, is always seated at the royal table.[4]

During the dinner (usually four hours long) each Nobel Prize recipient makes a speech, often lighthearted in character.[7] There are two ceremonial toasts: the Loyal toast to the Swedish monarch and the other, made by the monarch, in memory of Alfred Nobel.[10] The speeches and toasts are presented by the banquet's toastmaster, traditionally a Swedish student who holds the job for four years.[11][12]

Service during the banquet is provided by waiting staff, chefs, and others who are trained for several weeks.[9] Since the 1970s, flowers for the banquet have been provided by the Italian city of Sanremo (where Nobel lived during his final years).[13] They are grown in the province of Imperia in the Liguria region of Italy.[14]

Dress code[edit]

The dinner is a formal affair, and the dress code is white tie, and orders and decorations should be worn.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nobelfesten - Festen". Retrieved 17 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Watch the Nobel Prize Banquet Live from Stockholm". Time. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Six things to know about Sweden's poshest dinner". The Local. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b (, Deutsche Welle. "Nobel Banquet: A sumptuous serve for laureates and royals - DW - 08.12.2017". DW.COM. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Taffeln". Royal Court. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ Award ceremonies Archived 28 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b "Nobelfesten". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  8. ^ Levinovitz, Agneta Wallin, 2011, pagr 127
  9. ^ a b "The Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies and Banquets". Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. ^ "The Nobel Banquet" (PDF). 26 August 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  11. ^ "SSCO och Nobelstiftelsen söker ny toastmaster till Nobel". Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Ingenjörens uppdrag: Vara Nobelfestens toastmaster - Ingenjörskarriär". 16 December 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Första nobelmiddagen för Sveriges nye prins". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  14. ^ "Besök Nobels blommor". Dagens Nyheter. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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