• Sweden edition
 
Müller slams Russia at Nobel awards ceremony

Müller slams Russia at Nobel awards ceremony

Published: 11 Dec 2009 09:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Dec 2009 09:34 GMT+01:00

While the glittering Nobel Prize ceremony opened to a trumpet fanfare, things were more serious as the presentations got underway, as Herta Müller, winner of the Nobel Literature Prize, criticized a number of countries, including Russia, for their lack of commitment to human rights.

In accepting her literature prize, which was awarded for her work inspired by her life under Nicolae Ceausescu's dictatorship in Romania, Müller said that Russia, China and Iran cloak themselves in the language of civil rights, but that this doesn’t mean anything when it comes to real commitment.

Chemistry Prize joint winner Ada Yonath took a lighter tone in her acceptance speech, declaring that if it wasn’t for her nice chauffeur, Nisse, who was driving her during her stay in Stockholm, she may have got lost in the city and missed the ceremony altogether. The chemist’s speech drew choruses of laughter from the 1,300 guests.

Distinguished guests included kings, queens, 12 Nobel Prize winners, and representatives from the Swedish Government. Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf had Ada Yonath at his side, and Queen Silvia has Physics Prize winner Willard S Boyle to her right. The Queen wore a light green embroidered dress.

Chemistry Prize joint winners, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A Steitz had the honour of sitting beside Crown Princess Victoria, who wore a plum coloured dress in silk-satin.

All of the Royal Family attended the glittering ceremony, including Princess Madeleine’s fiancé, Jonas Bergström. The Crown Princess’s fiancé, Daniel Westling, had received doctors’ advice to stay home to avoid the risk of infection following his kidney transplant in May.

This year's Nobel ceremony had a 'Fairytale' theme, as played out with flower arrangements and costumes worn by the chorus from Romeo and Juliet, who provided the evening’s entertainment. The performance took a baroque tone, as reflected in costumes and the instrumental and musical choices.

Food was wheeled out for guests at around 7.30pm, and was served on tables draped in 470 metres of tablecloth, with Nobel porcelain, and amongst gold décor.

Guests danced the night away at the gala ball, to the big band sounds of ‘On Cue’, and the real party heads traipsed off to the after-party, at Nobel Night Cap, which is traditionally arranged by Stockholm’s students.

TT/Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

10:46 December 11, 2009 by Random Guy
and more.....

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34328910/ns/world_news-europe/

who will be next? those who speak against zar putin?
11:11 December 11, 2009 by bjinger
The winner of literature hasn't learned to speak at a nice literal tone.shame on her.
12:15 December 11, 2009 by Rebel
And the Russians care what this windbag has to say?
13:25 December 11, 2009 by latent
Even you won the Nobel..please do not say or blame some if you do not understand political very well.......Every coin has two sides. You always lose one side if positively staying with the other..
15:12 December 11, 2009 by MichaelZWilliamson
Wait, it's a bad thing to call murderous xenophobes murderous xenophobes?

I'd hope for more of that.

Maybe if we stopped pretending Russia, China, Iran, Zimbabwe, et al are nice places run by fun-loving people, we could work on actually changing things.

Or is Europe too busy being smug and superior?
16:22 December 11, 2009 by wenddiver
The first step to change is admitting there is a problem. These murderous country's that have spread terror through out the wprld definetly have a problem. Good for her! It was a very brave thing to do.
16:34 December 11, 2009 by bettan1
Wonder why everyone just did'nt wear brown shirts and practce gosse stepping in front of the stage?

I'm so sick of this world's politics and the arrogant people who've been put in charge of running this planet under the guise of , "Because I care more than the other guy"

All these celebrity awards programs no matter what the country are purely political ornaments.
16:53 December 11, 2009 by aaww
Müller, who do you think you are???

Nobel prize laureate, yea, so what?
17:27 December 11, 2009 by GefleFrequentFlyer
I'm going to predict the future headline:

"Nobel Prize Winner Found Dead on Bucharest Street"

Amirite?
17:38 December 11, 2009 by Audrian
I think this woman is still in the cold war mentality. She picked all the countries the US regards as its enemies. She made no mention of the US invasion of Iraq and total distruction of Iraq and its conversition into a fertile ground for terrorists! If this is not a flagrant abuse of human right and crime on humanity what is it!
18:37 December 11, 2009 by lingonberrie
I concur with Audrain's view.

She notably left out war-mongering Israel and their Leibeigenschaft ghetto that they maintain in Palestinian territory, and their illegal land grabs of the Palestinians for Jewish Leibensraum as well, a la Nazi Germany.

Why?
19:46 December 11, 2009 by calebian22
Lingonberrie,

Have you ever been to Israel? Awesome place! So many wonderful Jews; a real Promised Land.
22:02 December 11, 2009 by wxman
At least she added a modicum of value to this essentially worthless cermeony.
22:04 December 11, 2009 by jon f
question should ""people"" of immergration be tested ever year to see there state of mine. should "Leaders" be Tested to see what state there mines are in after gaining power and should not be leak out to the meada to make a field day of it?
22:16 December 11, 2009 by azbuka
Original:

> Müller said that Russia, China and Iran cloak themselves in the language of civil rights, but that this doesn't mean anything when it comes to real commitment.

Some comments:

> Wait, it's a bad thing to call murderous xenophobes murderous xenophobes?

> These murderous country's that have spread terror through out the wprld definetly have a problem.

Firstly, there is far more than one step from showing serious commitment to civil rights to being murderous terror-mongering xenophobes. I can see how throwing out labels is so much easier than making a cohesive comment, but, please, consider the next time that you post will be read by dozens of people, and refrain from spreading hatred.

Secondly, whoever made up the title for the story, must have been happy to see such a reponse.
Today's headlines
Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag visits a school in Tensta, one of the neighbourhoods mentioned when he and his colleagues first floated the new start zone proposal. File: TT

Sweden scraps 'new start zones' after EU input

Sweden has abandoned a plan to ease taxes for small companies in blighted areas after the European Commission challenged its legality. READ () »

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'
A typical Swedish Easter egg. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

'Easter eggs an invitation to spread germs'

A Swedish microbiologist has warned that traditional Swedish Easter eggs laden with candy are an open invitation to the spread of bacteria and viruses. "Is this really a good idea?" he asked. READ () »

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour
Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Jammed truck snarls Stockholm rush hour

PICTURES: A truck got wedged inside a tunnel in central Stockholm on Thursday, with authorities concerned the accident may have damaged cables in the tunnel's ceiling. READ () »

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
A Swedish Easter witch holding daffodils. File photo: TT

Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter

In India, I'd notice Easter only from the traffic jam outside the churches, but here witches, egg hunts, and feathers mark the Christian holiday. The Local's Deepti Vashisht brings you the various shades of Swedish Easter. READ () »

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Chemtrails?: Shutterstock.

Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe

A Swedish MP who launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails tells The Local why he thinks Swedes deserve the truth, even if it may leave some conspiracy theorists unsatisfied. READ () »

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid
Fredrik Reinfeldt answers the constitutional affairs committee's questions. Photo: TT

PM pleads ignorance of Vattenfall's Nuon bid

Sweden's prime minister on Thursday said Vattenfall itself, not its owners the Swedish state, had responsibility for the loss-making Nuon deal. READ () »

'Kockums submarine raid may be illegal': lawyer
Photo: TT

'Kockums submarine raid may be illegal': lawyer

A Swedish lawyer says the Swedish military may have broken the law when it raided the Malmö premises of German defence giant Thyssen Krupp. READ () »

Good weather could blight Easter traffic
Easter traffic two years ago on the E4 motorway. File: Jessica Gow/TT

Good weather could blight Easter traffic

Traffic experts have cautioned Swedes heading to the countryside for what should be a sunny Easter, warning that the most serious accidents often take place when the weather is clement. READ () »

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia
Jas Gripen jets in flight. File photo: TT

Saab offers Gripen lease to Malaysia

Swedish defence giant Saab has offered to rent out fighter jets to Malaysia. READ () »

What's On in Sweden

What's On in Sweden

Check out what's happening with The Local's guide to the main attractions and events in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö - in association with DoToday. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Advertisement:
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
TT
Politics
Swedes to give six-hour workday a go
TT
Society
Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
YouTube
Society
Stockholm magic a surprise YouTube hit
Fastighetsbyrån
Society
Gallery: The Local's Property of the Week
Private
Society
Swedes find 200-year-old gravestone in living room
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Deepti Vashisht
Features
Deepti Vashisht dissects the magic of Sweden's personal ID number
Shutterstock
Society
Ten signs you've been in Sweden too long
Society
Jimi Fritze heard every word when doctors discussed taking his organs
Society
A Swedish farmer explains why the new bestiality ban is 'pointless'
ESL
Sponsored Article
Learning Swedish the easy way
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 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

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

760
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