Nobel Peace Prize 2010
Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China. Liu Xiaobo is currently in confinement in China and was unable to accept the award in person. Nor were any of his close relatives able to be present to receive the award on his behalf. The laureate was therefore represented by an empty chair on the dais.
The awards ceremony
Singer Marita Kvarving Søberg opened the ceremony with an interpretation of Solveigs Song by Edvard Grieg, accompanied by pianist Håvard Gimse.
In his speech, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjørn Jagland explained why the committee decided to award the prize to Liu Xiaobo this year. Mr Jagland concluded his speech with a symbolic presentation of the award by placing the Nobel Peace Prize medal and diploma on the empty chair which Liu Xiaobo would have occupied.
Mr Jaglands speech was followed by a performance by Chinese-American violinist Lynn Chang.
I Have No Enemies
Actress Liv Ullmann read the speech Liu Xiaobo gave in his defence at his trial on 23 September 2009 – I Have No Enemies. Two days after the trial he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. The ceremony concluded with traditional Norwegian songs sung by the childrens choir of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.
On the evening of 10 December, King Harald and Queen Sonja attended the traditional Nobel Banquet at the Grand Hotel in Oslo in honour of the laureate.
The King will attend the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert held at Oslo Spektrum on 11 December.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.