Polish city of Gdansk wins Princess of Asturias Award

Polish city of Gdansk wins Princess of Asturias Award J.L.Cereijido/PAP/EPA

Gdansk, a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland, has won the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award, Daniel Stenzel, a spokesperson for the mayor of Gdansk, has announced. The award is seen as the Hispanic world's Nobel Prize.

The justification for the award states that "the past and present in Gdansk are sensitive to solidarity, the defence of freedom and human rights, as well as to the preservation of peace."

The prize will be accepted by Gdansk Mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz from King Felipe VI of Spain in Oviedo on Friday.

The Princess of Asturias Award is given every year in eight categories: art, communication and social sciences, international cooperation, sports, literature, social sciences, scientific and technical research.

In previous years, the recipients of the award were, among other entities, the European Union and the city of Berlin, as well as the Yad Vashem Institute and UNICEF.

Each of the laureates receives a statuette designed by the Spanish sculptor Joan Miro and EUR 50,000.