Updated Updated: October 10, 2019

Nobel Peace Prize – Winner Betting Odds 2019

Quick facts:

  • Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced on Friday 11 October, 10:00 a.m. UK time
  • There are 6 Nobel Prizes: Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, Physiology and Economic Sciences
  • There are 301 nominees for this year’s prize, out of which 223 are individuals and 78 are organizations
  • The recipient is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a five-member committee appointed by the Parliament of Norway

Greta Thunberg Is Now Odds-On Favourite To Win Nobel Peace Prize

Greta Thunberg

The 16-year-old started the School Strike for the Climate movement alone outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018. The solo protest prompted a response from students around the world.

Ms. Thunberg has received her fair share of criticism especially from politicians but so has she gained backing from Germany’s Angela Merkel and Ireland’s Leo Varadkar, alongside other highly influential names including the mayors of Montreal, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Portland, Oslo, Austin, Philadelphia, and Sydney.

Ms. Thurnberg’s confrontational approach could slightly affect her candidacy, with her attack on people who choose to travel by air raising hackles amongst critics, with some seeing her as a hypocrite and suggesting her parents have a hand in her actions.

Nonetheless, she leads the race as depicted by top UK bookmakers who have Greta Thunberg, tops the odds at 8/13 at William Hill and many other bookmakers.

Thunberg, who was honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award last month, which is the organization’s highest honor, would become the youngest Nobel Laureate ever. And with climate change dominating global politics this year, she appears to be the best bet.

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2019 Nobel Prize Announcements Schedule

  • Physiology or Medicine – Monday 7 October, 10:30 a.m. at the earliest
  • Physics – Tuesday 8 October, 10:45 a.m. at the earliest
  • Chemistry – Wednesday 9 October, 10:45 a.m. at the earliest
  • Literature – Thursday 10 October, 12:00 a.m. at the earliest
  • The Swedish Academy will announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for both 2018 and 2019.
  • Peace – Friday 11 October, 10:00 a.m.
  • Economic Sciences – Monday 14 October, 10:45 a.m. at the earliest
  • Times listed are local time in the UK.

Shortly About Nobel Peace Prize

Arguably the most prestigious prize in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize – named after Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel, is awarded annually to people or organizations who make concerted efforts to promote peace.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the prize based on their professional assessment. Anyone can be nominated – we’ve seen rather dubious names including Adolf Hitler, but the nomination rights are reserved to members of national assemblies and national governments, peace prize laureates, Professors in selected disciplines and members of international courts, alongside other dignitaries.    

Upon Alfred Nobel’s death in 1895, he left behind one of the biggest private fortunes. Nobel declared in his will that his wealth, that amounted to a total of 31.5 million Swedish Crowns, was to constitute a fund and be invested in safe securities.

The interests gained was to be distributed annually in the form of prizes to people who shall have conferred the best impact on humanity. The will further declared the fields from which the prizes were to be awarded and the criteria to award the respective prizes.

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