KARL JOHANS GATE IN DOWNTOWN OSLO. The Norwegian capital comes alive each December with festive lights and bright banners as the city hosts its annual "Nobel Days." Heads of state, prominent humanitarians, Hollywood celebrities, rock stars, and journalists from around the world gather for what has become the world's most high-profile annual peace-event the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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