The Nobel Foundation, which manages the Nobel Prizes, on Tuesday cancelled its traditional December banquet because of the coronavirus pandemic saying the award ceremonies would be held in “new forms”.

Winners of the 2020 Nobel awards will receive more money than they received in 2019, the foundation that manages the prizes said on Thursday, ahead of the upcoming award announcements.

“Each prize will be worth 10 million kronor (1.1 million dollars) this year, compared to 9 million kronor in recent years.

“It feels especially important this year to celebrate the laureates’ achievements in inspiring us and giving us hope for the future,” Lars Heikensten, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, said.

The foundation manages the assets of Swedish industrialist and dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel, who created the prizes, which are awarded in literature, medicine, physics, chemistry, peace and economics.

Heikensten attributed the increase in the prize sum to “more stable” finances based on successful management of the assets and cost savings.

Since the beginning of 2012, the foundation said its investment capital has risen from just under 3 billion kronor to 4.6 billion kronor, close to a 9-per-cent increase each year.

The winners are to be announced in October.

The award ceremonies are held in Stockholm and Oslo on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s ceremonies have been scaled back.

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