Professor of international healthcare Hans Rosling receives the Enlightener of the Year award,
“… for his enlightening efforts to spread a fact-based picture of the state and development of the world, particularly as regards the link between popular health and global economy. Hans Rosling is co-founder of the non-profit foundation Gapminder, that has produced software to visualise and compare statistics from various countries, making it comprehensible and available to anyone.”
Enlightener Rosling receives a cash prize of SEK 20 000 ($2800, €2200).
The editorial staff of the Idag (“Today”) pages in the Swedish national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet receives the Obscurantist of the Year anti-award,
“… for the publication of a badly deceptive series of articles on so-called “energy medicine” in August of 2006. Day after day, erroneous claims were made about a number of non-scientific treatments. … The articles were written by freelance journalist, acupuncturist and shiatsu therapist Suzanne Schönström, who had apparently been given free rein by the editors.”
The theme of the Idag pages is “the human mind and the relationships of humans with each other, society and nature”.