Did you ever wonder which are the 11 Countries That Won the Most Nobel Prizes? If the answer is yes, you came to the right place. Nobel Prize is the most prestigious award in the domain of Literature, Chemistry, Peace, Physics, Physiology or Medicine and Economic Sciences a person can receive for its achievements. While you are at it check our 6 Youngest Nobel Prize Winners list as well.
The award was established in 1895 by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, widely known for his invention of dynamite. In his death will, he decided that the majority of his fortune should be used for establishing prizes for “greatest benefit on mankind”, citing physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace. Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was added later in 1968 by Sweden’s central bank.
Today there are several institutions that award the Nobel Prize. Three of them are based in Sweden, and one in Norway. Nobel Prize for physics, chemistry, and economic sciences awards The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Physiology or Medicine Nobel Prize award is awarded by Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet, and the Swedish Academy is in charge for literature award. Nobel Prize for Peace is awarded by Norwegian Nobel Committee. According to the official data, 573 times Nobel Prize has been awarded to 900 people and organizations. Some of the recipients received the award more than once. Recipients come from all over the world, but some countries have more Nobel Prizes than others.
Figuring out the 11 Countries That Won the Most Nobel Prizes can be tricky business. Nobel Prize laureates by country can be summed in various ways. We have decided to use the official data from the Nobel Prize site, and to take into consideration the birthplace of recipients.
11. Austria/ Netherlands
We begin our list with two countries that have the same number of laureates and share our position 11.
Number of laureates: 17 each