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 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.

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