Sonning Prize

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, a prize recipient "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 prize was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich on 23 September 2021.

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
Nørregade 10
DK-1165 Copenhagen K

See list of Sonning Prize recipients