The Literature Prize of the Nordic Council

The Nordic Council's Literature Prize is awarded for a work of imaginative literature written in one of the Nordic languages. This can be a novel, a play, a collection of poetry, short stories or essays, or other work. The work must meet high literary and artistic standards.

The intention of the prize is also to increase interest in the literature of neighbouring countries as well in Nordic cultural fellowship.

The Nordic Council's Literature Prize is awarded every year. The prize is worth 350,000 Danish kroner.

  • 2011: Gyrðir Elíasson (Iceland): Milli trjánna (Among the trees)
  • 2010: Sofi Oksanen (Finland): Puhdistus (Purge)
  • 2009: Per Petterson (Norway): Jeg forbanner tidens elv (I Cruse the River of Time)
  • 2008: Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark): Bavian (‘Baboon')(short stories).
  • 2007 Sara Stridsberg (Sweden): Drömfakulteten, The Dream Faculty' Novel
  • 2006 Göran Sonnevi (Sweden): Oceanen (The Ocean), Poetry collection
  • 2005 Sjón (Iceland): Skugga-Baldur, (Phantom Baldur), Novel
  • 2004 Kari Hotakainen (Finland): Juoksuhaudantie (The Trench Road), Novel
  • 2003 Eva Ström (Sweden): Revbensstäderna (The Rib Cities), Poetry
  • 2002 Lars Saabye Christensen (Norway): Halvbroren (The Half-Brother)
  • 2001 Jan Kjærstad (Norway): Oppdageren
  • 2000 Henrik Nordbrandt (Denmark): Drømmebroer (Dream Bridges)
  • 1999 Pia Tafdrup (Denmark): Dronningeporten
  • 1998 Tua Forsström (Finland): Efter att ha tillbringat en natt bland hästar
  • 1997 Dorrit Willumsen (Denmark): Bang: en roman om Herman Bang
  • 1996 Øystein Lønn (Norway): Hva skal vi gjøre i dag og andre noveller
  • 1995 Einar Már Guðmundsson (Iceland): Englar alheimsins
  • 1994 Kerstin Ekman (Sweden): Händelser vid vatten (Blackwater)
  • 1993 Peer Hultberg (Denmark): Byen og Verden
  • 1992 Fríða Á Sigurðardóttir (Iceland): Meðan nóttin líður
  • 1991 Nils-Aslak Valkeapää (Sami-language): Beaivi, áhcázan (The Sun, my Father)
  • 1990 Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden): För levande och döda (For the Living and the Dead)
  • 1989 Dag Solstad (Norway): Roman 1987
  • 1988 Thór Vilhjálmsson (Iceland): Grámosinn glóir
  • 1987 Herbjørg Wassmo (Norway): Hudløs himmel
  • 1986 Rói Patursson (Faroe Islands): Líkasum
  • 1985 Antti Tuuri (Finland): Pohjanmaa (A Day in Ostrobothnia)
  • 1984 Göran Tunström (Sweden): Juloratoriet (The Christmas Oratorio)
  • 1983 Peter Seeberg(Denmark): Om fjorten dage
  • 1982 Sven Delblanc (Sweden): Samuels bok
  • 1981 Snorri Hjartarson (Iceland): Hauströkkrið yfir mér
  • 1980 Sara Lidman (Sweden): Vredens barn
  • 1979 Ivar Lo-Johansson (Sweden): Pubertet
  • 1978 Kjartan Fløgstad (Norway): Dalen Portland
  • 1977 Bo Carpelan (Finland): I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa
  • 1976 Ólafur Jóhann Sigurdsson (Iceland): Að brunnum
  • 1975 Hannu Salama (Finland): Siinä näkijä missä tekijä
  • 1974 Villy Sørensen (Denmark): Uden mål - og med
  • 1973 Veijo Meri (Finland): Kersantin poika
  • 1972 Karl Vennberg (Sweden): Sju ord på tunnelbanan
  • 1971 Thorkild Hansen (Denmark): Trilogin Slavernes kyst, Slavernes skibe, Slavernes øer
  • 1970 Klaus Rifbjerg (Denmark): Anna (jeg) Anna
  • 1969 Per Olov Enquist (Sweden): Legionärerna (The Legionnaires)
  • 1968 Per Olof Sundman (Sweden): Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd (The Flight of the Eagle)
  • 1967 Johan Borgen(Norway): Nye noveller
  • 1966 Gunnar Ekelöf (Sweden): Diwán över Fursten av Emgión
  • 1965 William Heinesen (Faroe Islands):Det gode Håb, and Olof Lagercrantz (Sweden): Från helvetet till paradiset
  • 1964 Tarjei Vesaas (Norway): Isslottet
  • 1963 Väinö Linna (Finland): Täällä Pohjantähden alla 3
  • 1962 Eyvind Johnson (Sweden): Hans nådes tid (The Days of his Grace)