Literary Awards of the Nordic Countries

Each of the Scandinavian countries have their own literary prizes: See Danish prize, Finnish prize, Icelandic prize, Norwegian prize, and Swedish prize (see also our page about Scandinavian crime fiction awards). There is also a Nordic Council Literary Award.

Denmark - The Danish Academy

The Danish Academy originally awarded its prize for best Danish author every year. Now it is awarded every second year. The prize is currently (from 2000) 300.000 Danish krones.

1961 - Knuth Becker
1962 - Villy Sørensen
1963 - Jens August Schade
1964 - Jacob Paludan
1965 - Erik Knudsen
1966 - Klaus Rifbjerg
1967 - Ole Sarvig
1968 - Tom Kristensen
1969 - Frank Jæger
1970 - Ivan Malinowski
1971 - Leif Panduro
1972 - Svend Åge Madsen
1973 - Hans Scherfig
1974 - Sven Holm
1975 - C.E. Soya
1976 - Jørgen Sonne
1977 - Peter Seeberg
1978 - Tage Skou-Hansen
1979 - Poul Vad
1980 - Henrik Nordbrandt
1981 - Dorrit Willumsen
1982 - Per Højholt
1984 - Jess Ørnsbo
1986 - Henrik Stangerup
1988 - Halfdan Rasmussen
1990 - Jens Smærup Sørensen
1992 - Peter Laugesen
1994 - Ib Michael
1996 - Vibeke Grønfeldt
1998 - Cecil Bødker
2000 - Kirsten Thorup
2002 - Vagn Lundbye
2004 - Peer Hultberg
2006 - Bent Vinn Nielsen
2008 - F.P. Jac
2010 – Jørn Riel

Hans Christian Andersen Award

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is sometimes known as the "Little Nobel Prize". This is an international award given biennially by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) in recognition of a "lasting contribution to children's literature". There are two categories of award winners: authors, and illustrators.

The prize is named after the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, and winners receive a gold medal from the hand of the Queen of Denmark.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing has been awarded since 1956. Here are the winners so far:

1956 - Eleanor Farjeon (United Kingdom)
1958 - Astrid Lindgren (Sweden)
1960 - Erich Kästner (Germany)
1962 - Meindert DeJong (USA)
1964 - René Guillot (France)
1966 - Tove Jansson (Finland)
1968 - James Krüss (Germany), José Maria Sanchez-Silva (Spain)
1970 - Gianni Rodari (Italy)
1972 - Scott O'Dell (USA)
1974 - Maria Gripe (Sweden)
1976 - Cecil Bødker (Denmark)
1978 - Paula Fox (USA)
1980 - Bohumil Říha (Czechoslovakia)
1982 - Lygia Bojunga Nunes (Brazil)
1984 - Christine Nöstlinger (Austria)
1986 - Patricia Wrightson (Australia)
1988 - Annie M. G. Schmidt (Netherlands)
1990 - Tormod Haugen (Norway)
1992 - Virginia Hamilton (USA)
1994 - Michio Mado (Japan)
1996 - Uri Orlev (Israel)
1998 - Katherine Paterson (USA)
2000 - Ana Maria Machado (Brazil)
2002 - Aidan Chambers (United Kingdom)
2004 - Martin Waddell (Ireland)
2006 - Margaret Mahy (New Zealand)
2008 - Jürg Schubiger (Switzerland)
2010 - David Almond (UK)

Finland - The Finlandia Prize

The Finlandia Prize is the most prestigious literary award in Finland, an is awarded annually to the author of the best Finnish novel, children's book, and non-fiction book. The award sum is 30,000 euros (previously 100,000 Finnish Marks).

1984 Erno Paasilinna: Yksinäisyys ja uhma
1985 Jörn Donner: Far och son
1986 Sirkka Turkka: Tule takaisin, pikku Sheba
1987 Helvi Hämäläinen: Sukupolveni unta
1988 Gösta Ågren: Jär
1989 Markku Envall: Samurai nukkuu
1990 Olli Jalonen: Isäksi ja tyttäreksi
1991 Arto Melleri: Elävien kirjoissa
1992 Leena Krohn: Matemaattisia olioita tai jaettuja unia
1993 Bo Carpelan: Urwind
1994 Eeva Joenpelto: Tuomari Müller, hieno mies
1995 Hannu Mäkelä: Mestari
1996 Irja Rane: Naurava neitsyt
1997 Antti Tuuri: Lakeuden kutsu
1998 Pentti Holappa: Ystävän muotokuva
1999 Kristina Carlson: Maan ääreen
2000 Johanna Sinisalo: Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi
2001 Hannu Raittila: Canal Grande
2002 Kari Hotakainen: Juoksuhaudantie
2003 Pirkko Saisio: Punainen erokirja
2004 Helena Sinervo: Runoilijan talossa
2005 Bo Carpelan: Berg
2006 Kjell Westö: Där vi en gång gått
2007 Hannu Väisänen: Toiset kengät
2008 Sofi Oksanen: Puhdistus
2009 Antti Hyry: Uuni
2010 Mikko Rimminen: Nenäpäivä

The Icelandic Literary Prize

1990 Fríða Á. Sigurðardóttir: Meðan nóttin líður
1991 Guðbergur Bergsson: Svanurinn
1992 Þorsteinn frá Hamri: Sæfarinn sofandi
1993 Hannes Pétursson: Eldhylur
1994 Vigdís Grímsdóttir: Grandavegur 7
1995 Steinunn Sigurðardóttir: Hjartastaður
1996 Böðvar Guðmundsson: Lífsins tré
1997 Guðbergur Bergsson: Faðir og móðir og dulmagn bernskunnar: skáldævisaga
1998 Thor Vilhjálmsson: Morgunþula í stráum
1999 Andri Snær Magnason: Sagan af bláa hnettinum (The Story of the Blue Planet)
2000 Gyrðir Elíasson: Gula húsið
2001 Hallgrímur Helgason: Höfundur Íslands
2002 Ingibjörg Haraldsdóttir: Hvar sem ég verð
2003 Ólafur Gunnarsson: Öxin og jörðin
2004 Auður Jónsdóttir: Fólkið í kjallaranum
2005 Jón Kalman Stefánsson: Sumarljós og svo kemur nóttin
2006 Ólafur Jóhann Ólafsson: Aldingarðurinn

Norwegian literary awards

Norway has several literary awards. The most important and well known are the Brage prize, which is awarded annually by the Norwegian Book Prize foundation (Den norske bokprisen). The prize recognizes recently published Norwegian literature.

Ingvar Ambjørnsen
Ingvar Ambjørnsen (1995)
Kjartan Fløgstad (1998)
1992 – Karsten Alnæs, Trollbyen
1993 – Øystein Lønn, Thranes metode
1994 – Sigmund Mjelve, Område aldri fastlagt
1995 – Ingvar Ambjørnsen, Fugledansen
1996 – Bergljot Hobæk Haff, Skammen
1997 – Liv Køltzow, Verden forsvinner
1998 – Kjartan Fløgstad, Kron og mynt
1999 – Frode Grytten, Bikubesong
2000 – Per Petterson, I kjølvannet
2001 – Lars Saabye Christensen, Halvbroren
2002 – Niels Fredrik Dahl, På vei til en venn
2003 – Inger Elisabeth Hansen, Trask
2004 – Hanne Ørstavik, Presten
2005 – Marita Fossum, Forestill deg
2006 – Dag Solstad, Armand V. Fotnoter til en uutgravd roman
2007 – Carl Frode Tiller, Innsirkling
2008 – Per Petterson, Jeg forbanner tidens elv
2009 - Karl Ove Knausgård, Min kamp. Første bok
2010 - Gaute Heivoll, Før jeg brenner ned

Swedish literary awards: Society The Nine

This is a Swedish literary society founded on 14 February 1913 in Stockholm. It has nine members elected for life. Its purpose is to promote Swedish fiction literature, peace and womens issues. It mainly gives out a number of literary prizes. It is was started as an alternative to the Swedish Academy and is often compared to that. The main prise is called the Grand Prize. It is awarded to Swedish fiction writers, and has been given out since 1921.As of 2008 it is 250 000 SEK (about 23 000 EUR or 32 000 USD).

Winners of the Grand Prize

2010: Ingvar Björkeson
2009: Steve Sem-Sandberg
2008: Birgitta Lillpers
2007: Tua Forsström
2006: Jacques Werup
2005: Klas Östergren
2004: Torgny Lindgren
2003: Ann Jäderlund
2002: Bruno K. Öijer
2001: Tomas Tranströmer
2000: Kjell Espmark
1999: Sigrid Combüchen
1998: P C Jersild
1997: Per Wästberg
1996: Lars Andersson
1995: Bo Carpelan
1994: P O Enquist
1993: Lennart Sjögren
1992: Göran Tunström
1991: Erik Beckman
1990: Tobias Berggren,
Lars Gustafsson
1989: Katarina Frostenson
1988: Göran Sonnevi
1987: Lennart Hellsing
1986: Gunnar E Sandgren
1985: Göran Palm
1984: Björn von Rosen
1983: Bengt-Emil Johnson
1982: No Grand Prize
1981: Rita Tornborg
1980: Lars Norén
1979: Hans Granlid,
Tomas Tranströmer
1978: Ingemar Leckius
1977: Sara Lidman
1976: Sten Hagliden,
Olov Hartman
1975: Barbro Alving,
Eva Moberg
1974: Sonja Åkesson
1973: Tito Colliander
1972: Sune Jonsson
1971: John Landquist
1970: Stig Claesson,
Majken Johansson
1969: Albert Viksten,
Lars Forssell
1968: Ivan Oljelund,
Elsa Grave
1967: Werner Aspenström,
Carl Fries, Per E Rundquist
1966: Lars Gyllensten
1965: Willy Kyrklund
1964: Rabbe Enckell,
Peder Sjögren
1963: Artur Lundkvist,
Birgitta Trotzig
1962: Hans Ruin
1961: Erik Lindegren,
Gustaf Hedenvind Eriksson
1960: Lars Ahlin
1959: Anders Österling,
Evert Taube
1958: Emil Zilliacus
1957: Karl Vennberg
1956: Bo Bergman,
Walter Ljungquist,
Stina Aronson
1955: Sivar Arnér
1954: Gabriel Jönsson
1953: Tage Aurell
1952: Irja Browallius
1951: Gunnar Ekelöf,
Lucien Maury
1950: Nils Ferlin
1949: Fritiof Nilson Piraten,
Johannes Edfeldt
1948: Sigfrid Lindström
1947: Jan Fridegård
1946: No Grand Prize
1945: Frans G Bengtson
1944: Moa Martinson
1943: Sven Lidman
1942: No Grand Prize
1941: Olle Hedberg
1940: Elmer Diktonius,
Bertel Gripenberg,
Jarl Hemmer, Arvid Mörne,
Emil Zilliacus
1939: Vilhelm Moberg
1938: Harry Martinson
1937: Gustaf Hellström
1936: Bertil Malmberg,
Eyvind Johnson
1935: Yrjö Hirn, Jarl Hemmer
1934: Hjalmar Söderberg
1933: KG Ossiannilsson
1932: Emilia Fogelklou
1931: Arvid Mörne,
Ernst Didring
1930: Erik Blomberg,
Bertel Gripenberg
1929: Per Hallström,
Axel Lundegård
1928: Ludvig Nordström,
Pär Lagerkvist
1927: Sigfrid Siwertz
1926: Hjalmar Bergman
1925: Fredrik Vetterlund
1924: Vilhelm Ekelund,
Gustaf Ullman
1923: Elin Wägner
1922: Tor Hedberg
1921: Olof Högberg
1920: Hans Larsson
1919: KG Ossiannilsson
1917: KG Ossiannilsson,
Marika Stiernstedt
1916: E A Karlfeldt,
Bertel Gripenberg,
Vilhelm Ekelund,
Axel Lundegård,
Hilma Angered Strandberg,
Oscar Stjärne,
Verner von Heidenstam

 

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