STOCKHOLM – Excluded from the annual Nobel Prize banquet, the anti-immigration and euroskeptic Sweden Democrats will have their own feast this year with likeminded groups from across Europe.
Sweden Democrats spokesman Joakim Wallerstein said Friday that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage will speak at the Nov. 4 "European Freedom Awards" at Stockholm's Grand Hotel, where the first Nobel banquet was held in 1901.
Wallerstein said a prize will be presented to an undisclosed former head of state who has worked for independence and against "supra-nationalism."
The Nobel Foundation excludes the Sweden Democrats, Sweden's third largest political party, from its prize banquet, because of their far-right origins.
Wallerstein said the alternative banquet is organized by the Initiative for Direct Democracy in Europe, a think tank linked to euroskeptic parties in the European Parliament.