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Even the world people get nervous about dressing.

There is a excellent reason to visit Sweden, also as darkness descends in December: This is a country that thinks dining with scientists and royalty is equally as crucial as Sunday football. In reality, Sweden devotes five hours of live TV reporting to this Nobel Prize Ceremony’s awards and supper, where you could expect all from interviews with politicians to vibrant commentary on the cakes. However, believe me, being there in person is extremely different from seeing on TV. I ought to know. If my wife was chosen as a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, we discovered that while viewing the Nobels is one thing — being there is another and now got an invitation. Listed below are my six tips for attending the Nobel Prize Banquet.


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Prepare to not recognize your partner, when the Nobel Prize invite arrives. To obsessing over sneakers, Mine at least abruptly transitioned. According to my survey of her coworkers, shoe obsession is a normal behavior when a person is living with Nobel Laureates and also the King of Sweden. Dancing is a major part of the day also which means you’ll want to remember the torture slippers are not the best choice.


    PHOTO: © Nobel Media AB 2016. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.


    PHOTO: © Nobel Media AB 2016. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

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    Get Your Medals Out

    Although tails are tails, even if you would like to match, you’ll need to pin a medal (or three or two) to your coat. Or hang any round your neck. Sashes are typical and there is a sword or two. (To think, I arrived to the Nobels without a lapel pin!)) Since this is the only chance you’ll ever need to glitter and glow from Sweden, a culture which worth equality so take that dress code. One other trick you do not need to learn the hard way: It’s bad ways to ask your seatmates.


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    Have the Previous Bus

    The banquet is in the City Hall close to the awards ceremony, however, the space between the ceremony and the feast isn’t walkable from the December slush, especially if you are wearing the above torture slippers. Royalty and laureates have waiting limousines. For everyone else, free transportation is provided by the town. But do not hop on the first bus thinking that you will be missing something. Upon arriving in the Blue Hall, then you will observe a land of tables decorated with stone, however they’ll be barred with a cord that is thick. You will stare at those glittering tables for a very long half hour while the exterior doors open and close and the December wind blows by your evening wear. Steer clear of this purgatory by going to pub across from the concert home to get a severe beverage and carrying the final bus to the chunk.


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    Arrive Just in Time and Do Not Speak Swedish

    In the event you arrive just in time (a very Swedish thing to do, really), everyone will be seated and waiting for the supper to start. They will be thinking, Wow, look at those busy people because you strut by. This means that no one will think you are simply a heterosexual immigrant partner (I speak from experience). Instead, your tablemates will endure to shake your hands as if you are a visiting dignitary.

    Oh, and do not start the supper by introducing your self as a partner that is retired, as I did–no one wants to speak to that person if they’ve envisioned you. And if you have elementary Swedish, congratulations– keep that to yourself. As a native English speaker, exactly how would you like to sit next to somebody for four hours who is most nuanced English is a greatly accented: “How are you? Where do you live? Do you have kids?”


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    Reduce Your Wine Glass

    The supper begins when this Nobel Foundation’s mind stands to toast the King. Do not be like me, trying to keep wine in your glass thinking you will need it to get constant toasts through the day. Should you do so, the waiters will pass you. Alternatively, you watch as it’s magically refilled and should drain your glass. Settle back and enjoy the day in vibrant English because time flies and the wine flows.

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      PHOTO: © Nobel Media AB 2015. Photo: Dan Lepp.


      PHOTO: © Nobel Media AB 2016. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

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      Dance Lessons Are a Fantastic Idea

      Sooner or later in the evening is currently dancing. Which is great if you are not the type that is clumsy. If you are, make sure you invest in dance lessons well before banquet time. And remember.