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Committee lowers Nobel Prize by 2 million kronor

Committee lowers Nobel Prize by 2 million kronor

Published: 11 Jun 12 16:58 CET | Double click on a word to get a translation
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/41378/20120611/

The Nobel Committee has chosen to lower this year's Nobel prize winnings by two million kronor ($283,030) due to turbulence in the current economic climate.

The prize now stands at 8 million kronor, down from the 10 million of 2011.

“The reason behind this decision is that the financial markets are really unstable and there are reasons to suspect that this turbulence will continue for a while still,” said Lars Heikensten, head of the Nobel Committee, to the TT news agency.

“Long term, we aim to raise the figure, even though we think that the Nobel Prize’s value should lie in the prize itself and not the prize money,” he said.

While Heikensten admits that it was a “tough decision” to cut the prize money, he told the news agency that it’s not the first time the prize sum has been altered, adding that it has been lowered and raised several times over the past few years.

In 1901, the prize was a mere 150,782 kronor, although this sum is roughly equivalent to 8 million kronor by today’s standards.

The prize money, which comes from capital that Alfred Nobel donated, is not growing at a rate that will allow sure figures in the future, according to Heikensten.

“We have quite simply not had a sufficient rate of return with the money for it to have covered our costs,” he said.

Heikensten added that this year's new figure is on par with the winnings from 1901, calculated to match today’s standards.

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00:11 June 12, 2012 by notaswed
If you want to economize on Awards, you shouldnt forget that its not compulsory to offer awards/gifts and all gratis items. You do offer what you can.. You shouldnt sit here and play funny economic politics on giving awards. Its not worth it.
02:49 June 12, 2012 by Eric1
Will the salary or expensive accounts of the elites who make up the Nobel Committee have their pay cut?
10:18 June 12, 2012 by Twiceshy
But the Swedish krona has been going up in value which compensates a bit.
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