Nobel Peace Prize to be Given Friday in Oslo

OSLO — The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be announced Friday at 11 a.m. (0900 GMT) in Oslo, with no lack of candidates or causes with this year’s list.

Even though the Norwegian Nobel Committee maintains complete secrecy about whom it favors arguably the world’s most prestigious trophy, that hasn’t stopped speculation before the statement.

Guesses — and stakes — this season have concentrated on Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, recovering from a nerve agent attack he blames on Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with the World Health Organization because of the role in treating the coronavirus pandemic.

Even U.S. President Donald Trump appears to think he deserves the trophy, though among those few forecasts that pundits feel comfortable making is that he will be let down.

There are 318 applicants — 211 people and 107 associations. Nominations can be made with a select group, such as federal lawmakers, heads of state, and certain international institutions.

The deadline for nominations has been Feb. 1, meaning that people on the front lines of combating COVID-19 — that was just announced a pandemic in March — seem unlikely contenders.

This year’s ceremony is going to be scaled down because of the pandemic.

Tuesday’s prize for math honored discoveries in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, along with the chemistry prize on Wednesday moved to scientists supporting an effective gene-editing tool. The literature prize has been granted to American poet Louise Gl├╝ck on Thursday because of her”blunt and uncompromising” work.

However, to come next week would be your trophy for excellent work in the subject of economics.