WHO will win the Nobel Peace Prize? Thunberg, Arden, Trump frontrunners

This Friday, the 9th of October, the 101st Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded to a laureate by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. 

According to international betting sites like Unibet, Smarkets and Sportsbet, the top candidates tipped to take the award include the World Health Organization (WHO), 17-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden and US President Donald Trump.

Also on the list of those favoured to win the esteemed award are Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Black Lives Matter movement and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

World Health Organisation

WHO is this year’s the favourite to win the Nobel Peace Prize on all of the bookmakers offering betting markets for arguably the world’s most distinguished award. 

WHO has been in many peoples’ minds this year as the world was rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some have praised WHO for its work fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, but this hasn’t stopped others of accusing the organisation of mishandling the discovery of the virus and controlling its outbreak. 

Criticism also came from US President Donald Trump who started to withdraw his country from WHO this July following accusations that the organisation was controlled by China.

Still, WHO are paying 2.25, 6.60 and 3.40 to win the Nobel Peace Prize at Unibet, Smarkets and Sportsbet respectively.

Greta Thunberg   

Greta Thunberg is another whom betting sites believe has a good chance of receiving the esteemed accolade from the Nobel Committee. 

Thunberg is an activist well-known for criticising world leaders for their handling of the climate change crisis. 

Thunberg began to make headlines in 2018 when at age 15 she began a school strike for the climate, protesting outside of the Swedish Parliament building in Stockholm every Friday instead of attending school.

Since then Thunberg has met heads of state from around the world as well as speaking at numerous global events including the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit.

Thunberg’s odds to win the Nobel Peace Prize are 3.50 at Unibet, 7.20 at Smarkets and 4.50 at Sportsbet.

Jacinda Arden

New Zealand’s Prime Minister may be campaigning for re-election at the moment but this hasn’t stopped many bookies from naming her as one of the favourites to win the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Arden has been praised globally for her handling of the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings where she and her government quickly pushed new gun control measures through parliament, as well as for her swift and successful coronavirus lockdown restrictions in New Zealand – which have so far lead to just 1,855 cases and 25 deaths.

New Zealanders who want to bet on their prime minister will be pleased to find that New Zealand’s best betting sites are pricing her chances of winning somewhere between 7.00 and 7.50. 

Donald Trump

With past winners of the Nobel Peace Prize including Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa you’d think the Nobel Committee would be hard-pressed to justify awarding America’s 45th President the Nobel Prize Peace Prize but this hasn’t stopped some bookmakers from pricing his chances of winning the award between 6.00 (Unibet) and 18.00 (Sportsbet).

The winner of the $1 million prize will be announced in Oslo on October 9 with a ceremony taking place on December 10.