Oslo, Norway’s capital, has for a long time been the place where both the Nobel Peace Prize nominees and winners are named. Taking into consideration the current international and global unrest, this year the prize went to the Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, one of the leading international voices fighting for the destruction of the Syrian chemical weapons.
The Nobel committee was busy announcing the winners of this edition throughout the week, leaving the Peace Prize to the end, as this the only one actually given in Norway. Although the most desired prize in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize is also awarded for the least academic department from all those founded by the Swedish inventor, Alfred Nobel.
It is also one of the most ironic, considering that Nobel, who donated his entire fortune to the prize fund, gain his fortune after inventing and selling dynamite used in wars throughout the world. In fact, Alfred Nobel gained his nickname of “the merchant of death” thanks to his contribution towards the contemporary warfare ammos.
However, the reason why Nobel wanted the Peace Prize to be awarded in Oslo rather than in Stockholm remains unknown. Nevertheless, throughout the years, the special committee for the Peace Price chosen by Norway took pride on being independent upon exterior influences, as well as for giving a multitude of definitions for peace.
The Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies will be held simultaneously on December 10th in Sweden and Norway, where dignitaries from numerous countries are waiting in order to celebrate this grand event.
Despite the unfriendly winter and the long nights in Oslo, a trip to this city would be a wonderful opportunity to discover some of the local wonders, including numerous museums and countless indoor and outdoor attractions, from sculptures to diverse architectural pieces.
The city’s must see museum is the Munch Museum, named after the famous painter Edvard Munch, best known for “The Scream” painting. Other interesting museums include the Viking Ship Museum, full of artefacts dating back from the Viking era.