The Nordic Council awards five prizes every year: The Literature Prize,the Music Prize, the Film Prize, the Children and Young People’s Literature Prize and the Environment Prize.
The Nordic Council’s prizes contribute to increasing visibility for the close cultural co-operation in the Nordic Region. The objective of the cultural prizes is to increase interest in Nordic literature, language, film and music. The Environment Prize rewards extraordinary efforts towards a more sustainable Nordic Region. You can read more about each individual prize down below.
The Nordic Council’s prizes are considered to be among the most prestigious prizes in the Nordic Region and enjoy great international recognition. The Literature Prize is the oldest of the five prizes. It was first awarded in 1962 and was followed by the Music Prize in 1965, the Environment Prize in 1995, the Film Prize in 2002, and the Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2013. The five prize committees select the nominees and winners.
The prizes are each worth 350,000 Danish krones and are awarded in conjunction with the Nordic Council’s annual Session.
The Nordic Council Literature Prize has been awarded since 1962 and is given to a work of fiction written in one of the Nordic languages. This may be a novel, a play, or a collection of poems, short stories, or essays that are of a high literary and artistic quality. You can find more information about the literature prize here.
List of winners of the Literature prize:
The Nordic Council Music Prize focuses on the performance and creation of music of a high artistic standard. The prize is awarded on alternate years to a piece of music by a living composer and to a small or large ensemble. You can find more information about the prize here.
List of winners of the Music prize:
The Film Prize was awarded for the first time in 2002 as part of the Nordic Council’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. Originally awarded on a trial basis, it was made permanent in 2005, and is awarded along with the prizes for music, literature, and the environment. Nordisk Film & TV Fond is responsible for the administration of the prize. It is awarded to a full-length feature that has roots in Nordic culture and displays high standards of artistic quality and originality. Innovation is also weighted heavily. The films nominated should preferably be in one of the Nordic languages. You can read more about the Nordic Council Film Prize here.
List of winners of the Film Prize:
The Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize was awarded for the first time at the Session of the Nordic Council in 2013 along with the Council’s other prizes. It represents the culmination of the culture ministers’ long-held ambition to boost the profile of literature for children and young people in the Nordic Region. The prize is designed to generate greater interest in the shared Nordic sense of cultural affinity and to recognize unique artistic endeavors. You can read more about the Children and Young People’s Literature Prize here.
List of winners of the Children and Young People’s Literature Prize:
The prize goes to a company, organisation or individual for exemplary efforts to integrate respect for nature and the environment into their business or work or for some other form of extraordinary initiative on behalf of nature and the environment. The idea behind the prize is to raise awareness of environmental work in the Nordic Region. You can find more information about the Environment Prize here.
List of winners of the environment prize: