Five Nordic Council Prizes awarded in Copenhagen

Vinnare av Nordiska rådets prsier 201 Foto: Magnus Fröderberg/
photo: Magnus Fröderberg/

Katarina Frostenson, Hans Abrahamsen, Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt, Thomas Robsahm, Arnar Már Arngrímsson, and the app “Too Good To Go” were awarded the Nordic Council’s five prizes on Tuesday evening at the DR Concert Hall.

Nordic Council Literature Prize

Katarina Frostenson from Sweden has won the literature prize for her collection of poems “Sånger och formler”. The motivation can be summed up as follows: “In her poetry – so apparently tight, yet actually very spacious – there are constant transformations portraying life’s multifaceted oddity.”

Nordic Council Music Prize

Hans Abrahamsen from Denmark has won the Nordic Council Music Prize for the song cycle “Let Me Tell You”. The motivation can be summed up as follows: “The emotional expression is very detailed and strong in its many shades, especially in the long final song where its many byways are encapsulated and tie the whole concept together.”

Nordic Council Film Prize

Director and screenwriter Joachim Trier, screenwriter Eskil Vogt, and producer Thomas Robsahm have won the film prize for the Norwegian film “Louder Than Bombs”. The motivation can be summed up as follows:

“Joachim Trier and his team embark on an artistic enterprise that takes storytelling to a new level. Its complexity of structure, its emotional probing, and its ability to dismember clichés apart should ensure its place in the curriculum of film schools around the world.”

Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize

Arnar Már Arngrímsson from Iceland has won the children and young people’s literature prize for the book “Sölvasaga unglings”. The motivation can be summed up as follows:

“In this debut novel, the author succeeds in creating a person who is at once interesting, entertaining, annoying, searching, and fascinating. Cultures collide in the language of the narrative, making the text a lively mix of youth jargon and the written language of older generations.”

Nordic Council Environment Prize

Stian Olesen and Klaus B. Pedersen from Denmark have won the environment prize for the app Too Good To Go. The motivation can be summed up as follows: “The app is a digital innovation that uses simple and informal means to change the way that both consumers and businesses approach food waste and the consumption of resources.”

The Nordic Council Prizes – which are each worth DKK 350,000 – were presented at the DR Concert Hall in Copenhagen in conjunction with the Nordic Council Session.