Denmark's largest cultural award
The Sonning Prize is the largest cultural award in Denmark. It was founded by author and editor C.J. Sonning (1879-1937). The Prize amount is DKK 1 million and supports the promotion of European culture.
Following the wish of C.J. Sonning the prize recipient, who must be a man or a woman "found to have done commendable work for the benefit of European culture", is elected by the board of the Sonning-Foundation on the recommendation of a committee under the University of Copenhagen.
The Prize is normally awarded every other year. The ceremony takes place at the University of Copenhagen - preferably on 19 April, C.J. Sonning's birthday.
The plan is to award the prize to Svetlana Alexievich in autumn 2021. The specific date will appear on this page as soon as possible.
European universities may propose nominees for the Sonning Prize. The proposals must be accompanied by the nominee's CV and a list of published works, and must be submitted to:
Rector of the University of Copenhagen
DK-1165 Copenhagen K
See list of Sonning Prize recipients
Read the press release from the University of Copenhagen about the Sonning Prize 2021. Click on the headlines below to download the press release in English or Danish.