2015-06-01 – Donations to the Nobel Center reach one billion kronor
The construction of the Nobel Center will be financed by means of private support and donations. Recently, total funds raised reached SEK 1 billion (nearly USD 120 million). Private individuals as well as foundations and companies are helping to support the effort to create a new public meeting place where people from all over the world will be inspired by the Nobel Prize and the Laureates’ achievements.
“We are pleased that we enjoy broad support from different sectors of society to create the Nobel Center. This gives us a solid, reliable platform for developing public activities that will focus on the major issues of the future,” says Lars Heikensten, Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation.
Donations totalling SEK 800 million from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in May 2013 laid the foundation for creating a Nobel Center. Now a number of new donors and partners have together pledged more than SEK 200 million in additional funds for the project. For Sweden, this is a fantastic amount for a project like the Nobel Center.
“The Nobel Prize fascinates people all over the world. It has strengthened people’s interest in the arts, the sciences and the city of Stockholm. We want to make a long-term contribution to increasing that interest. The Nobel Center will be a long-awaited home for such work,” says Stefan Ränk, Managing Director of Einar Mattsson AB.
“The Alfred Nobel name and the Nobel Prize are perhaps the internationally best-known Swedish brands we have. They stand for excellence in research and faith in progress and development. The Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture normally supports projects only in western Sweden, but here we are making an exception and giving a donation for the construction of the Nobel Center. It will be a centre with great international appeal. Its broad public activities, including exhibitions about the Nobel Prize, will stimulate curiosity and creativity,” says Dr Madeleine Olsson Eriksson, Chairman of the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.
“When you see what the Nobel Prize means to researchers worldwide, it’s huge. Clearly we in Sweden can make greater use of this power than we have done. The Nobel Center will be an important new tool in this task – a meeting place with a focus on research and development issues,” says Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of BP and Volvo.
How the Nobel Center is being financed
Aside from the initial donations from the Erling-Persson Family Foundation and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the following donors and partners have been added: Agnetha and Robert Andreen, Miriam and J Christer Ericsson, Catarina and Sven Hagströmer, Kent and Lena Janér, Per and Lena Josefsson, Barbro and Bernard Osher, Björn and Inger Savén, Carl-Henric and Louise Svanberg, Bo Söderberg and Ulla Zachrisson, Einar Mattsson AB, Mellby Gard and the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture.
With funding of SEK 1 billion, four fifths of the construction cost – estimated at SEK 1.2 billion – has been secured. The task of raising the remaining financing is under way.
For more than 20 years, the Nobel sphere has carried out public activities aimed at disseminating knowledge about the Nobel Laureates and their amazing achievements to a wider general public. This is done today through digital channels, school programmes and exhibition activities. These activities are funded by direct revenue from the various activities, by central and local government support as well as through partnerships with companies and organisations. The Nobel Center will be a part of these public activities, and in the future it will be financed in a similarly broad manner. Neither the construction of the Nobel Center nor its future activities will be financed from the assets left by Alfred Nobel.
Why we are supporting the Nobel Center
“Education and the desire for learning are perhaps the most important prerequisites for entrepreneurship. We hope that the Nobel Center will increase people’s interest in knowledge, science and indeed also in getting an education. So it was an easy choice for Mellby Gård to become part of the Nobel Foundation’s long-term project,” says Johan Andersson, CEO of Mellby Gård.
“For my wife and me, it is a privilege to be involved and to donate money to the Nobel Center. I am convinced that it will become an important meeting place for researchers and stimulate new generations to learn more about the natural sciences, literature and peace. Given our country’s dependence on science, it is natural for the Nobel Center to be located in the heart of town,” says Sven Hagströmer, founder of Avanza AB and Creades AB.
“I have travelled a lot around the world, first as a sailor on all the oceans and later as an international businessman. I have had great help from what Alfred Nobel and his achievements stand for and from the fact that the Nobel Prize is well known and appreciated worldwide. Nobel is often better known than Sweden. To be able to participate and contribute to the creation of the Nobel Center feels important. It is strange that it has taken so long to happen,” says Captain J Christer Ericsson.
“The Nobel Center will develop and advance the values behind the Nobel Prize one step further. It is important to Sweden, to the role of research among coming generations and to Stockholm, and is therefore worth supporting,” say Dr Robert Andreen and Agnetha Andreen.
“The Nobel Prize means a lot, not only to Sweden but to the whole world. The construction of the Nobel Center will create a forum for culture and research and will help preserve the memory of Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prize,” says Björn Savén.
About the Nobel Center
The Nobel Center on the Blasieholmen peninsula will be the home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm. It will build its public activities around exhibitions, meetings and school programmes about the Nobel Prize’s unique combination of subject areas – natural sciences, literature and peace. Based on the Nobel Prize-winning contributions and inspiring stories of the Laureates, the Nobel Center will be able to examine history as well as our own era and the major issues that are crucial to our world and our future. The Center is expected to open in 2019.
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Rebecka Oxelström, Head of Communications,
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