It's Raining Prizes In Stockholm

BB King

It will be raining prizes in Stockholm in May, when two of Sweden's most distinguished music and literature awards are presented. On May 25, BB King and György Ligeti will receive the Polar Prize for their extraordinary contributions to music. Two days later, Lygia Bojunga, the Brazilian writer, will accept the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for her achievements in the field of children's literature.




Two winners receive a noble music accolade
This year's Polar Prize, one of Sweden's most distinguished music honors, will be presented to BB King and György Ligeti. The award recognizes individuals or groups for their contributions to and influence on music and reaches far beyond Sweden's borders.  BB King will receive the prize for his contributions to blues and György Ligeti for his role in classical music.

Previous winners include Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles. His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf will present the prize, one million Swedish kronor, to each winner. Sweden is the world's third largest exporter of music, after the United States and England.

The Polar Prize was established in 1989 by Stig Andersson, who played an enormous role in Sweden's international musical success. He is also recognized for his work as a lyricist and manager for ABBA.


Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
Astrid Lindgren is one of the world's great writers of children's literature. After her death, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award was founded to recognize individuals or organizations that promote children's literature. The prize of five million Swedish kronor will be presented by Crown Princess Victoria at the child-friendly museum, Skansen.

Brazilian Lygia Bojunga, this year's winner, is being honored for her contributions to literature for children and young people. In its explanatory statement, the jury said, "In a deeply original way, she combines playfulness, poetic beauty, and absurd humor with a passion for freedom, social criticism, and a strong commitment to at-risk children."

Lygia Bojunga

Astrid Lindgren left her mark on Stockholm. The capital's investments in making the city child-friendly and accessible to the very young include special museum exhibitions, kids' menus at restaurants, an abundance of parks and playgrounds, and museums for children.

Thanks to this award, the fight for children's rights in society lives on. Some of Lindgren's most memorable characters, including Pippi Longstocking, Emil in Lönneberga, and Lotta on Troublemaker Street live on at Junibacken in Stockholm.

Prizes with international luster

Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel's legacy
Without question, the Nobel Prize is Sweden's best-known international award. Each year, on December 10, the prizes are presented to individuals for their contributions to economics, physics, chemistry, and medicine. In addition, the Nobel Peace Prizes for literature and peace are also awarded at this time. The prize was established by Alfred Nobel, who left clear instructions for the administration of his financial legacy.




 For the world's water resources

Water Prize

The Stockholm Water Prize, founded in 1990, is given annually to the person or organization that has a made a significant contribution to the protection of the world's water resources. The prize is presented each August, during Stockholm's World Water Week.




Stockholm built on 14 islands linked by bridges

Water is one of Stockholm's most salient features. The city is built on 14 islands linked by bridges. The Stockholm Sound, in the center of the city, abounds with fish species, and fishing along the quay is an enormously popular pastime.

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