Swedish television (SVT) broadcasts Nobel festivities all week, this year with more human interest coverage than ever before. With more than 35 hours and 20 programs, viewers can witness the events and get behind-the-scenes information on the Nobel Laureates and their research or projects, press conferences, lectures, the Nobel prize ceremony and banquet, concerts, even a fashion review. More about the banquet itself, possibly the most sought-after invitation in the world...

On December 10, the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony starts off the festival day in Oslo, Norway. Later, the festivities culminate in the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony and banquet in Stockholm. And who gets to sit beside the King during the Nobel Banquet? This year it’s extra crowded around the top tables because the entire royal family is participating. King Carl XVI Gustaf will sit with May-Britt Moser, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine. At Queen Silvia's table is Hiroshi Amano, the Nobel Laureate in Physics. Princess Madeleine’s husband, Chris O'Neill, will attend the banquet for the first time, with Kasumi Amano, wife of Nobel Prize winner in Physics Hiroshi Amano, at his table. Prince Carl Philip and his fiancée Sofia Hellqvist will sit opposite O'Neill.


The secrets of the Nobel menu are held close — nothing from the menu may be disclosed until the food is served during the banquet. Each year the menu does get published — at 7 p.m. local time, which means creative cooks in more western time zones could also celebrate with their own 2014 Nobel dinner on Dec. 10.
Nobel: A Feast for Eye and Palate and a full menu from 1913 and here's a more rustic menu, The 1901 Nobel Menu

For further inspiration, turn to Swedish television's broadcast at www.svtplay.se

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