According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which completed its work yesterday, there are 259 candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013. 50 of these are organizations. 259 is the highest number of candidates ever. The previous record was 241 from 2011.
Candidates were able to apply for the award committee in Oslo until February 1, then the application was going to be considered by the Committee. After consideration the list shortens to 5-20 names from which the Nobel Institute consultants decides the winner.
Voting for the winner (or winners) of the award is usually held in early October, and the results of the voting are immediately announced officially.
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Nobel Prizes are awarded according to the will of the famous Swedish Alfred Nobel for the great achievements in the following sciences – physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and contribution to peace in the world.