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En kvinna och en man står vid ett bord

Announcing a new laureate

The 2021 laureate Jean-Claude Mourlevat was announced on March 30 in a live program from the library TioTretton in Stockholm.

For the nineteenth time, the jury has appointed a laureate who, in addition to the honor, will receive five million Swedish kronor. For the 2021 award, 262 candidates from 68 countries were nominated .

The announcement took place in the TioTretton library at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, and was broadcast live. The chairman of the jury, Boel Westin, announced the jury's decision and read the motivation in Swedish, English and French. Swedish Minister of Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind gave a speech. Viewers heard the jury's phone call to the surprised laureate Jean-Claude Mourlevat and finally, jury member Mårten Sandén gave an introduction to his books. The event was hosted by cultural writer Stefan Ingvarsson.


Images and films of the laureate and from the announcement are available in our international newsroom.

Pictures from the 2020 announcement

Två personer vid ståbord som håller tal.
Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind, and host Stefan Ingvarsson. Photo:: Matilda Rahm/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Kvinna pratar i mikrofon.
Chair of the Jury, Boel Westin read the motivation in Swedish, English and French. Photo:: Matilda Rahm/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Tre barn sitter ner och håller böcker i händerna
Alicia Leahlander, Eira Fälldin Kämpe and Elmer Zillén present books by Jean-Claude Mourlevat. Photo:: Matilda Rahm/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
En man i kostym pratar i mikrofon,
Jury member Mårten Sandén gave a brief introduction to the 2021 laureate. Photo:: Matilda Rahm/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern
Ett barn ligger i en soffa och läser en bok,
The young reader Loa Kucer. Photo:: Matilda Rahm/Kulturhuset Stadsteatern