The Nobel committee also said: “The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process.” Born in Bogota in 1951, Juan Manuel Santos had degrees in Britain and America before returning to Colombia to work as a journalist. He helped found the Social Party of National Unity and has been Colombia’s president since 2010.
According the rules of the Nobel Foundation the names of nominees are kept secret for 50 years. It is known however that German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis were between them and the most famous. In total, 376 candidates had been considered yhis year as eligible for the Nobel Peace Prize.