The European Union’s three presidents have celebrated receiving the Nobel peace Prize on behalf of their 55-year-old organisation.
Herman Van Romuy, President of the European Council, Jose Manuel Barroso, Commission President and Martin Schultz, President of the European Parliament were joined by hundreds of Norwegains – who are not members of the EU.
A torch light parade through Oslo’s main street was the traditional salute to the winners of one of the world’s top honours.
In neighbouring Sweden where all the other Nobel prizes are awarded, more than 1200 glittering guests attended a lavish banquet.
Literature winner Chinese author Mo Yan steered clear of human rights issues as he and other laureates addressed Sweden’s most prestigious social event.
And if the organisers had reduced expenditure in this, a year of austerity, it was not obvious among the fine French wines and cuisine from Sweden’s top chefs which were on offer for the lucky guests.