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Per Snaprud: In the years it was sparsely on pingvinberget

First, completely silent. Ago difficult and the murmur. The whole seven minutes elapsed before the usually minutpunktliga the award ceremony in the Concert hall started with a drum roll.

When the nobel Foundation chairman, Carl-Henrik Heldin get started with his opening speech he took the opportunity to give a swipe at politicians who refuse to take global warming seriously.

" It is of deep concern to influential world leaders denies link, which has the support of the overwhelming scientific evidence, between our lifestyle and climate change.

much has been better in the world then, Alfred Nobel, lived in the late 1800s. At the same time, he warned of the growing threat to scientific independence, freedom of expression and universal human rights.

"It is deeply worrying, because we risk a return to a time before they existed – to a time ruled by ignorance, prejudice and barbarity," said Carl-Henrik Heldin.

it was time for this year's ten winners in the Concert hall, one by one, receive their medals and diplomas from king Carl XVI Gustaf's hand. First on the tour was fysikpristagaren Arthur Ashkin. He is 96 years old and the oldest recipient of a nobel Prize ever. Due to failing health, he stops at home. In his place was his son Michael Ashkin shake the hand of the king.

All of the other winners, was on-site during the fanfarfyllda the ceremony in front of about 1.560 guests. Together with the award winners on the podium – which is called pingvinberget because of all the fancy – was the king, the queen, crown princess Victoria and prince Daniel.

representatives of the nobel committees, which choose the laureates. But this year was none of the close to 80 chairs on the podium – fewer than in the year – weight of the members of the Swedish Academy. The reason is, of course, to the cancellation of the award.

Despite the synthesis, the permanent secretary Anders Olsson and his resigned representative Sara Danius on the podium, she was wearing a gown shaped like a volcano of curtains in pink and glowing orange. But both of them were there because they also sit in the nobel Foundation's board of directors.

the Royal stockholm Philharmonic orchestra, under the leadership of the Finnish stjärndirigenten Dalia Stasevska was responsible for the music. At the awards ceremony the year 2016, sang rocklegenden Patti Smith ”A hard rain's a-gonna fall” by Bob Dylan – and com. This year it was classic all the way. Soprano Christina Nilsson sang flawlessly, among other things, ”Dich, teuere Halle” from Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner.

and the city Hall also came in the year from San Remo in Italy, where Alfred Nobel lived his last years. The city has donated over 25,000 flowers to the festivities. Helén Magnusson, chefsflorist at Hässelby blommor, along with a dozen florists devoted four days to create the decorations of the Concert hall. The floral arrangements in green and yellow shades consisted of, inter alia, carnations, chrysanthemums, cymbidiumorkidéer and roses.

the Delay, which was said to be due to the court, stuck in traffic, held through the entire program. But the lack of literature meant that the event was seven minutes shorter than in the previous year. So the guests were able to get to city Hall without being late for dinner.

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