• Sweden edition
 
Nobel Week kicks off with feast and fancy

Nobel Week kicks off with feast and fancy

Published: 06 Dec 2009 09:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 06 Dec 2009 09:47 GMT+01:00

As the laureates prepare to give their Nobel lectures at the beginning of the week, the event’s organizers are busy preparing the Stockholm Concert Hall (Konserthuset) and City Hall (Stadshuset).

Altogether, 37,000 flowers have been imported from San Remo, the Italian city where Alfred Nobel died on 10 December 1896, to decorate Nobel Week’s two main venues.

Konserthuset will be decked out in the colours of a wintery Swedish forest; the wall behind the stage will be decorated with about 14,000 flowers in various shades of green and white, which will be framed by Swedish fir.

The entire royal family will be in attendance. Princess Madeleine’s fiancée, Jonas Bergström, will also be there, while Crown Princess Victoria’s husband-to-be will remain at home recovering from an illness.

Neither Princess Lilian nor Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will attend the ceremonies, with Reinfeldt in Brussels for the final meeting of European heads of state under the Swedish EU presidency.

Michael Solfman, who has been executive director of the Nobel Foundation for 17 years, expects the award ceremony to be especially distinguished this year.

“There will be another color than black and white on the podium, thanks to the ladies who are coming. It is an all time high that five of the 12 laureates in Stockholm are women, and that’s really exciting,” he told TT news agency.

“Like a fairy tale” is theme for the food, entertainment and flower arrangements for the Nobel Banquet at the Stockholm City Hall following the award ceremony. The menu, however, remains top secret until the 1,300 banquet guests have been seated.

The Nobel shopping list is enormous. According to the Nobel Foundation, one year the shopping list for the banquet consisted of 2,692 pigeon breasts, 475 lobster tails, 100 kilos of potatoes, 70 liters of sweet and sour raspberry vinegar sauce, 67 kilos of Jerusalem artichokes, 53 kilos of Philadelphia cheese, and 45 kilos of lightly smoked salmon, among other ingredients.

On the morning of the feast, more than 7,000 porcelain pieces, 5,000 glasses and 10,000 pieces of silverware must be set out on the 470 metres of linen adorning 65 tables. And while expectant guests anticipate their royal meal, it takes six minutes from the time the waiters begin the procession down the steps until everyone has been served. The king is served first, immediately followed by the queen.

There were 113 male guests in attendance at the first Nobel Banquet, held in 1901 in the Grand Hotel’s Hall of Mirrors.

TT/Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:28 December 6, 2009 by Iraniboy
I think after Shimon Perez and Obama got their Noble prize, Noble prize doesn't mean what it is supposed to.
16:12 December 6, 2009 by samuel1
It never was...
16:48 December 6, 2009 by peropaco
Iraniboy, Lest not forget the semen pouch Arafat. Maybe next year they will nominate the other goat lover, Mahmouda Ahmadinejad ;-)
17:07 December 6, 2009 by Englishman_In_Norpan
The prize has become a farcical event of backslapping between the well-to-do and the "nobel" born.

The "peace prize" decision this year takes the memory of winners such as Amnesty international (1977) and Martin Luther King Jnr (1964) and wipes them across the derriere of history.

Deplorable and insidious.
19:34 December 6, 2009 by lingonberrie
Yes, "Like a fairy tale," indeed, the largest fairy-tale of all is Obama who in 2009 received the peace prize even as he waged war in Afghanistan, and will continue to wage war there, and Pakistan, with ever escalating numbers of forces--of which Gates announced in the NYTs of 6 Dec 09 that only a token force will be drawn-down in 2011, and that major forces will be in place for another two to four years afterward, in other words: the Forever Wars that NYTs writer Dexter Filkins book is entitled.

So much for an exit date and of all forces out of Afghanistan, in July 2011, by the newest peace prize holder.
19:50 December 6, 2009 by calebian22
Hear Hear, peropaco!
20:04 December 6, 2009 by dtes
i dont think its cool to disgrace all these poor little helpless animals with peoples stupid slang, there is nothing wrong with loving goats, well unless you hump em like the rag heads and red necks sometimes do. its just like calling a copper a pig, pigs are nice animals, most cops are much worse than any animal could ever be. and speaking of animals, ...

i think these nobel prize giving folks should evolve and go vegan, there is nothing nobel about killing all those nice little animals so a bunch of parasites can dine on em, yes these people are the top folks, but ALL humans are parasites, EVEN THE BEST OF US!
20:53 December 6, 2009 by Iraniboy
@peropaco

I won't be surprised if he is selected for the Noble prize next year!!!

Btw, I am for Obama for Physics Noble prize 2010 :D
21:04 December 6, 2009 by uunbeliever
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for the math Nobel prize for his calculation of no deficit in 2009!!!
22:16 December 6, 2009 by Dr. Dillner
I agree, Iraniboy. The Obamatron is a joke.
23:42 December 6, 2009 by Newtwill
You can add JC to your list of buffoons! The whole concept of Scandinavians deciding what is best epitomizes their arrogance. The capitalists in the world created an enviroment where social liberalism could thrive. Now that they have killed the goose the whole world will have to relearn the FACT the economics is paramount. Social generosity only exists when economics permits it. Reality will not be ingnored. Cold and Hunger will insist upon it.
02:40 December 7, 2009 by Typical Whitey
The Kenyan has no justifiable reason to receive the Peace Price. Mother Teresa was the last and best recipient. Earlier post is right - why would a terrorist like Arafat get it or the imposters like Gore and Carter? All politics.
03:16 December 7, 2009 by Davey-jo
So a bunch of Norwegians decide who is getting these prizes.

And then a bunch of Swedes has to hold hold a grand party for whoever Norway craps up. That is the Scandinavian way? NO!

I had the idea that Sweden was independent of Norway. So why can't they say no to Nobel?

I cannot understand why any country has anything to do with the Nobel Prize heap of cant and hypocrisy.
09:20 December 7, 2009 by livinginsweden
Nobel Prize is not awarded for some good deeds ..... but rather to expose the hypocrisy of most of the recipients ... I wonder how some of the winners could have the audacity to consider themselves in the same company as M Theresa.

Thick skin politicians.

ha ha
15:03 December 8, 2009 by Streja
Hmm the Peace prize is handed out in Oslo, not Stockholm. The peace prize winner does not go the dinner in Sweden. She/he attends the one in Oslo.

Foreigners....they don't know anything...

;)
00:46 December 11, 2009 by jon f
From Charles Prince of Edinburgh to Charles Robert Darwin to Charles Dickens BA and Bahumbug!!!! and to all the so Call Charchs in the World Bahumbug
Today's headlines
Business & Money
American sales squeeze Ericsson profits
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg presents the third-quarter earnings report at the company's headquarters in Kista. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

American sales squeeze Ericsson profits

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a decline in net profit in the third quarter despite an increase in sales, boosted by business in emerging markets. READ  

Interview
'Too many concerts feel the same'
Sofar hosts secret gigs in Swedish apartments. Photo: Sofar

'Too many concerts feel the same'

Kattis Bjork founded Stockholm's secret gig scene - Sofar - a year ago. The Local caught up with her as she prepared to celebrate the project's anniversary this weekend and revealed the concept will spread to other Swedish cities in 2015. READ  

Stockholm 'sub hunt'
Sweden calls off suspect submarine search
Ships are returning to shore in Sweden. Photo: TT

Sweden calls off suspect submarine search

The core search for a suspected foreign vessel in Swedish waters has been called off. The armed forces said they remained convinced foreign underwater activity had taken place but had not identified an intruder. READ  

Business & Money
US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks
Ed Carbaugh prepares to install parts on a truck engine on an assembly line at Volvo Trucks' powertrain manufacturing facility in Hagerstown, Maryland, March 2014. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

US and Japan fuel surge for Volvo trucks

Sweden's Volvo, the world's second-largest maker of trucks, said Friday it saw a spike in profits in the third quarter, boosted by thriving sales in the US and Japanese markets. READ  

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery
Cigarettes and beer photo: Shutterstock

Inspectors attacked at rogue doc’s surgery

Inspectors who were sent to shut down a doctor’s surgery in Gothenburg were physically attacked and fled the premises to get help from the police. READ  

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water
A Swede loads a car with alcohol in northern Germany. File photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Police turn Swede’s vodka into water

Swedish police say they will pay a man 16,000 kronor ($2,200) in damages after much of the alcohol they confiscated from him was stolen, while many of the bottles they returned were filled with water. READ  

Diplomacy
US to get first female ambassador in Sweden
File photo: Athena Center for Leadership Studies

US to get first female ambassador in Sweden

The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. READ  

Neo-Nazi attacks
Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian
Police intervene after neo-Nazis attack an anti-Nazi rally in Kärrtorp, December 2013. Photo: Hampus Andersson/TT

Neo-Nazis cleared of knife attack on Nigerian

A Stockholm court has cleared three neo-Nazis of stabbing a Nigerian man in an unprovoked attack. But two of the men will face jail after they were convicted of racial agitation at a riot. READ  

Julian Assange
Assange court ruling expected on Monday
Julian Assange at Ecuador's embassy in the UK. Photo: Anthony Devlin

Assange court ruling expected on Monday

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can expect the next court ruling on his case to take place on Monday October 27th in Stockholm. READ  

Politics
Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'
Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at an EU summit in Brussels this week. Photo: TT

Sweden to get EU 'Christmas present'

Sweden is set to get 1.2 billion kronor ($168 million) back from the EU on December 1st, according to leaked EU documents which suggest that other European countries will have to make large top-up payments this year. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Lifestyle
What's On in Sweden: October 24th - 31st
Gallery
People-watching: October 22nd
Gallery
In Pictures: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist
Lifestyle
Eight things to love about renting a Swedish apartment
National
Vasa ship cannon blasted in Sweden
Blog updates

24 October

Editor’s blog, October 24th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Get ready to read our weekly digest of Swedish news in less than 60 seconds. The..." READ »

 

24 October

Is darkness weather? (Blogweiser) »

"I try very hard not to talk about the weather. This has come after a decade..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Sub hunt: Day-by-day
National
Sub hunt: Stockholm islanders share their fears with The Local
Sponsored Article
The best options for oversea transfers
National
Get 20% off unique Swedish homeware
National
Dentist gives free care to Roma beggars
Business & Money
Get your own office in Gothenburg or Stockholm - free for a day
Gallery
Property of the week: Malmö
Gallery
PHOTOS: 'Foreign activity' in Swedish waters
Gallery
People-watching: October 19th
TT
Society
QUIZ: How good is your Swedish?
Lifestyle
What's on in Sweden: October 17th - 24th
Society
The nudity... and nine other things expat men notice in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 15th
Gallery
Your views: Should outdoor smoking be banned in Sweden?
Business & Money
Sweden has 'large hole' in finances
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Finding a job in Stockholm
Society
Monster salmon caught in northern Sweden
Gallery
Property of the week: Lorensberg
National
Scandinavia's child bride
National
Ebola crisis: How is Sweden preparing?
Business & Money
How Sweden is becoming a cashless society
Gallery
Stockholm Burlesque Festival 2014
National
How a little red horse became a symbol for Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: October 12th
Business & Money
The hottest start-ups from southern Sweden
National
What's on in Sweden: October 10th - 17th
National
Stockholm is 'best' region for well-being
Gallery
People-watching: October 8th
National
Five facts to know about Patrick Modiano
Society
My Swedish Career: A French fashionista in Sweden
Society
Swede's anti-bully Facebook tale goes viral
Society
Have you seen Sweden's viral subway cancer campaign?
National
Isis: Swedes linked to Turkish prisoner swap
National
Should Swedes be banned from buying sex abroad?
Gallery
Fredrik Reinfeldt's leaving presents
National
Five Swedish TV shows you shouldn't miss
Gallery
A tool belt, a casserole, and a book. Fredrik Reinfeldt's parliament gifts
TT
Lifestyle
Top five winter festivals in Sweden
TT
National
Sami reindeer herders win mine reprieve
Gallery
Property of the Week: Gamla Enskede
Sponsored Article
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Team SCA
Sponsored Article
All-female SCA team takes off on Volvo Ocean Race
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

991
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN