Betting agency ranks Jacinda Ardern as top female candidate for Nobel Peace Prize

Jacinda Ardern.
Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Getty Images

Jacinda Ardern is ranked the top female candidate for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize and one of the top five candidates overall, according to a US betting agency.

The Prime Minister along with the World Health Organization, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Black Lives Matter movement and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) are ranked in the top five by betting site

Climate activist Greta Thunberg is ranked as sixth-favourite.

Ardern was also nominated for the 2020 award, which was won by the World Food Programme, the UN's food agency. 

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded annually since 1901 by a committee of five people elected by the Norwegian parliament, known as the Norwegian Nobel Committee. 

There are 319 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, with the winner to be announced in October.