The Government and Stockholm City to invest SEK 180 million in Nobel Center

The central government will contribute SEK 40 million per year to the Nobel Center’s operations from the day it opens and the following three years. In all, with increased support from Stockholm City, the Center will receive SEK 60 million per year over a three-year period. This amounts to SEK 180 million the first three years. This was announced today by Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson and Stockholm’s Commissioner of the City Planning and Culture Division, Roger Mogert.

In December 2011, the Nobel Foundation and Stockholm City signed an agreement in principle to work for the establishment of a Nobel Center on city-owned land in Stockholm. The idea is for this Center to house an expanded, modernised Nobel museum with premises for symposiums, seminars, school activities etc., and to form the base of a broad international operation.

The Government expects the Nobel Center to assume a significant role and have a positive impact on research and education throughout Sweden. The Center can also be expected to fulfil a central function for culture and science. A new building for the Nobel Center will provide better opportunities to develop the museum's activities, represent an important tourist attraction and can be a national and international meeting place where focus is on science, humanism, literature and peace, in the spirit of Alfred Nobel. It is expected that activities conducted by new Nobel Center will be considerably more extensive than at present.

Activities conducted by the Nobel Center are of national interest and the Government therefore intends to increase its share of co-financing. In all, with increased contributions from Stockholm City, the Center will receive SEK 60 million per year over a three-year period. This amounts to SEK 180 million the first three years.

"The Nobel Prize plays a vital role in the image of Sweden as a leading research nation and the Nobel Center will be the base for the outward-looking activities, where the importance of research and innovation is highlighted," says Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson.

"The Government takes a positive view of contributing to operations, together with Stockholm City, at a new and prominent Nobel Center. Sweden should make better use of the Nobel Prize. Here the main focus is on the festivities in December, while the rest of the world concentrates on the prize winners. A Nobel Center can be a huge asset in helping Sweden attract investments, visitors and talent," says Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg.

"The Nobel Foundation and the Nobel Prize are among Sweden's and Stockholm's most important institutions. A Nobel Center, with a museum and the opportunity to present lectures and receive school visits, will be a great asset to Stockholm and its citizens," says Stockholm's Commissioner of the City Planning and Culture Division, Roger Mogert.

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