Norwegian Crown Prince and Princess to award the Nordic Council Environment Prize on 31 October

26.10.23 | News
H.K.H Kronprins Haakon och H.K.H. Kronprinsessan Mette-Marit
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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit will award this year’s Nordic Council Environment Prize at an awards ceremony which will be broadcast live from the Oslo Opera House. The other prizes will be handed out by Norwegian Minister for Culture and Equality Lubna Jaffery, actor Maria Bonnevie, author Maja Lunde, and musician Kajsa Balto. The ceremony can be watched on NRK1 and at

The programme for 31 October will be led by actor Kåre Conradi and musician Ingrid Bjørnov, who together will set the musical tone for the awards ceremony as a whole. There will be performances by former music prize nominee Stian Carstensen together with Romkameratene, hip-hop star Jonas Benyoub, musician Kajsa Balto, and Nasjonalballeten UNG who will present new choreography by Kumiko Hayakawa.

Giving out the prizes this year

Each year, the Nordic Council awards five prizes honouring the Nordic countries’ literature, music, film, and innovative efforts in the field of the environment, the focus of which this year is on environmental challenges in the textile industry. This year’s winners will each take home the Nordlys statuette and DKK 300,000. 

  • Nordic Council Environment Prize – Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
  • Nordic Council Music Prize – musician Kajsa Balto 
  • Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize – author Maja Lunde 
  • Nordic Council Film Prize – actor Maria Bonnevie 
  • Nordic Council Literature Prize – Norway’s Minister for Culture and Equality Lubna Jaffery 

Textile industry the focus of the environment prize

The focus of this year’s Nordic Council Environment Prize is the textile industry and its environmental and climate challenges. The prize will be awarded to a key player that is pursuing the systematic transformation of the textile industry and textile consumption in a way that is sustainable on a global scale. 

Watch the awards ceremony live throughout the Nordic Region!

The broadcast of the awards ceremony from the Norwegian Opera and Ballet will start at 19:30 (CET) and can be watched throughout the Nordic Region via The award ceremony will also be broadcast on NRK1 starting at 20:00 (CET)

Information for the press

The Nordic Council prizes for 2023 will be awarded on 31 October at 19:30 (CET) at the Opera House in Oslo. Immediately after the awards ceremony, the winners will be available for interviews. Only journalists accredited for the Session of the Nordic Council will be able to participate in the awards ceremony. 

Journalists must apply for accreditation by 27 October at 14:00 (CET). A valid press card is required. 

The Nordic Council prizes are being awarded in conjunction with the 75th Session of the Nordic Council in Oslo, which takes place from 30 October to 2 November.