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Sweden shows off Garbo, Bergman banknotes

24 Apr 2012, 14:14

Published: 24 Apr 2012 14:14 GMT+02:00

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The notes were designed by Göran Österlund, whose colourful "Journey of Culture" (Kulturresan) design was selected from among eight finalists.

Thursday's presentation of the new designs by the Riksbank comes a year after the bank first announced the six 20th century Swedish icons whose profiles would grace the new bills.

The face of Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman will adorn the new 200 kronor note, while children's author Astrid Lindgren will be the new face on the 20 kronor note, replacing the popular Selma Lagerlöf.

Former United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld will feature on the 1,000 kronor note, opera singer Birgit Nilsson on the 500 kronor, film star Greta Garbo on the 100 kronor, and musician Evert Taube on the 50 kronor note.

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"It's been a difficult but stimulating task to pick a winner. All the contestants submitted ambitious and well worked suggestions, but in the end we were captivated by 'The Cultural Journey'," said Peter Egardt, a member of the Riksbank board of directors and chair of the banknote design selection jury, in a statement.

"The overall impression is a beautiful and user-friendly series of bills which are built on a well-weighed balance between something new and Swedish banknote tradition."

Österlund explained that his winning design as was meant to "let the bills take us on a journey from the Öresund Bridge in the south to the Treriksröset in the north," referencing the "Three Country Cairn" where the borders of Finland, Sweden, and Norway meet.

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According to the Riksbank, notes bearing the new design are expected to enter general circulation in 2015.

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15:44 April 24, 2012 by J Jack
So I'll be feeding Dag Hammarskjöld into my gas tank soon.
15:59 April 24, 2012 by wolverine2k
I thought Sweden was moving towards paperless cash by 2015. In any case, I hope the old notes are out of circulation otherwise it will create quite a confusion. A 20SEK note is not a good sign as that would mean that the minimum denomination of 1SEK will be undermined.
16:32 April 24, 2012 by Svensksmith
What, no ABBA notes?
03:09 April 27, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
I love the new (and current) Swedish currency! It's sad that my homeland (USA) only has politicians on all banknotes. I would love to see Edison, Gershwin, John Wayne...or even Steve Jobs on U.S. bills. Those are the people who really defined America, not politicians.
09:52 September 15, 2012 by dukesy
As a foreigner looking in,( a Brit),maybe its time to update the bank notes,and at least the Swedish bank has told everyone before hand,unlike the Uk Government ,who replaced the last £20 note with a different design,and told no one,so many shops and businesses,including those of us in the `taxi` trade,were refusing to accept what turned out to be perfectly good bank notes.

The comment from Wolverine2k,about moving to `paperless currency`. To that person i would just say,dont call for that too soon,remember how much weight you could end up having in you pocket if you had only coins.

But whilst still on that point,I think its the Irish that have bank notes made of a `waxed paper` like material. I have had it presented to me as payment of fares,and i did think it a good idea,since paper,after a while gets very tatty and `sad` looking. Also Wolverine2k,i dont know about you,but i find that coins are a good way of wearing holes in your pockets.

Finally,and to comment on Svensksmith, while I would love to see Sweden honour `Abba with either a run of stamps,or on `bank notes`, here in UK,the person honoured by such a move,has first to have died. Im not sure about our stamps here in UK,obviously with the exception of our Queen on all notes and coins,im pretty sure all other depictions of famous people must be `deceased` first.

Whilst I would certainly buy a set of stamps,as we in UK call them.....a`first day cover`, and i dont collect stamps at all,but a set with all 4 of `Abba` would make an exception,as i would with same on bank notes, I`m in no hurry to see any of the `Foursome` depart from us. From what ive seen in press reports,and the like,all 4 may be in their 60`s now,but they are still active,and hopefully long to remain so.

There was a report on `you tube` of Agnetha,getting an award from `Elle` magazine, i have to say She looked fantastic. Apart from being a guy,if i look as fit and heathy as Her when im her age,ill be really happy.

Thats it for now....its nearly 9am here in UK,ive been at work all night,so ill say tack sa mycket och god natt pa UK. john
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