MAJOR PRIZES AND DECORATIONS
  • Guinness World Record for the Most Translated Author for the same book -The Alchemist- (2009)
  • The Best International Writer Award from the ELLE Awards (Spain, 2008)
  • Special Counsellor for Intercultural Dialogues and Spiritual Convergences by UNESCO (2007)
  • EMPiK's Ace for The Witch of Portobello. The award for the best selling book in the foreign literature during 2007 (Poland)
  • Distinction of Honour from the City of Odense (Hans Christian Andersen Award) (Denmark 2007)
  • United Nations Messenger of Peace (September 2007)
  • Las Pergolas Prize 2006 by the Association of Mexican Booksellers (ALMAC) (Mexico 2006)
  • Platin Book Award for "The Alchemist" by Austria’s book sellers (Austria 2006)
  • "I Premio Álava en el Corazón" (Spain 2006)
  • "Cruz do Mérito do Empreendedor Juscelino Kubitschek" (Brazil 2006)
  • “Wilbur Award”, presented by the Religion Communicators Council (USA 2006)
  • Kiklop Literary Award for The Zahir in the category "Hit of the Year" (Croatia 2006)
  • DirectGroup International Author Award (Germany 2005)
  • "Goldene Feder Award" (Germany 2005)
  • "The Budapest Prize" (Hungary 2005)
  • "Order of Honour of Ukraine" (Ukraine 2004)
  • "Order of St. Sophia" for contribution to revival of science and culture (Ukraine 2004)
  • "Nielsen Gold Book Award" for The Alchemist (UK 2004)
  • "Ex Libris Award" for Eleven Minutes (Serbia 2004)
  • Golden Bestseller Prize from the largest circulation daily "Večernje Novosti" (Serbia 2004)
  • Guinness World Record for the Most Translations (53) of a Single Title -The Alchemist- signed in One Sitting (45 minutes) (Frankfurt Book Fair, 2003)
  • "Best Fiction Corine International Award 2002" for The Alchemist (Germany 2002)
  • "Club of Budapest Planetary Arts Award 2002" as a recognition of his literary work (Germany 2002)
  • "Bambi 2001 Award" (Germany 2001)
  • "XXIII Premio Internazionale Fregene" (Italy 2001)
  • "Crystal Mirror Award" (Poland 2000)
  • "Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur" (France 1999)
  • "Crystal Award" World Economic Forum (1999)
  • "Golden Medal of Galicia" (Spain 1999)
  • Finalist for the "International IMPAC Literary Award" (Ireland 1997 and 2000)
  • "Comendador de Ordem do Rio Branco" (Brazil 1998)
  • "Golden Book" (Yugoslavia 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004)
  • "Super Grinzane Cavour Book Award" (Italy 1996)
  • "Flaiano International Award" (Italy 1996)
  • "Knight of Arts and Letters" (France 1996)
  • "Grand Prix Litteraire Elle" (France 1995)