Prime Minister Sanna Marin to present Nordic Council Film Prize on 1 November

31.10.22 | News
Finlands statsminister Sanna Marin
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The awards ceremony for Nordic Council prizes will be broadcast live from Musikhuset in Helsinki on 1 November. The winners will be presented their prizes by: Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin; the spouse of the President of Finland, poet Jenni Haukio; chair of the board of Moomin Characters Oy Ltd, Sophia Jansson; and CEO of RePacks, Petri Piirainen, who also won the environment prize in 2017. Last year’s winner of the music prize Eivør will also be presenting this year’s prize and performing at the ceremony, which can be watched in all the Nordic countries.

The winners of the prizes for 2022 will be celebrated under the steady hands of hosts Andrea Reuter and Christoffer Strandberg. The audience can also look forward to high-class performances, including a dance piece choreographed by Sofia Ruija, a video installation created by Arash Irandoust, and music by the Wegelius Chamber Orchestra. The evening will be drawn to a close by Faroese artist Eivør, who won the 2021 Nordic Council Music Prize.

Who’s up for nomination? Here are the nominees!

A total of 50 works and initiatives from all the Nordic countries have been nominated for the 2022 Nordic Council prizes for the environment, music, film, literature, and children and young people’s literature. Among them we find the very best the Nordic Region has to offer in terms of novels and poetry collections, picture books and youth literature, attention-grabbing feature films, albums featuring electronic music, folk and art music, as well as initiatives with an emphasis on nature-based solutions.

The winners will receive the Northern Lights statuette and DKK 300,000. Giving out the prizes in 2022 are:

  • Nordic Council Film Prize - Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin
  • Nordic Council Music Prize - artist and winner in 2021, Eivør Pálsdóttir 
  • Nordic Council Environment Prize - CEO of RePack, Petri Piirainen, who won the prize in 2017
  • Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize - chair of the board of Moomin Characters Oy Ltd, Sophia Jansson
  • Nordic Council Literature Prize - spouse of the President of Finland, the poet Jenni Haukio

Watch the awards ceremony live throughout the Nordic Region!

The broadcast from Helsinki’s Musikhuset will start at 20:00 (Finnish time) and can be watched live on YLE Teema/YLE Fem throughout the Nordic Region. The awards ceremony will also be broadcast on other public service channels throughout the Nordic Region. Check your national television listings for details.

About the Session of the Nordic Council

The Nordic Council prizes are being awarded in conjunction with the 74th Session of the Nordic Council in Helsinki, Finland. The Session is the biggest annual Nordic political forum and is attended by the Nordic Council’s 87 parliamentarians, the Nordic prime ministers, the Nordic ministers for foreign affairs, and a raft of other government ministers from across the Nordic Region who come together to engage in political debate.

About the Nordic Council prizes

The Nordic Council prizes are considered the most prestigious prizes in the region. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2022, the literature prize is the oldest of the five prizes. It was first awarded in 1962 and has since been followed by the music prize, the environment prize, the film prize and the children and young people’s literature prize. Five adjudication committees select the nominees and the winner. 2022 marks a special year for the prizes, with the literature prize celebrating 60 years of inspiring reading, and the film prize its 20th anniversary.