2008 Nobel Peace Prize

2008 Nobel Peace Prize
Martti Ahtisaari receiving the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".[1]


The 2008 Nobel Peace Prize laureate was announced on the press conference in Oslo, Norway on October 10, 2008.


The committee's decision was heavily criticized in Serbia, because of Ahtisaari's role in the Kosovo status process (Government of Serbia rejects Ahtisaari's plan because it would allegedly guarantee de facto independence of Kosovo). On the other hand, committee's decision was praised by Albanians living in Norway which saluted him in Oslo, on 10 December, by waving flags of Albania and Kosovo.


  1. "The Nobel Peace Prize for 2008". Oslo: The Norwegian Nobel Committee. 10 October 2008. Archived from the original on 27 November 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.

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