Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sweden Unveils Designs of New Banknotes

Sweden's Riksbank on Tuesday released the long-awaited designs of new banknotes featuring the likes of Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, Astrid Lindgren, and other cultural giants of the 20th century.

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.

"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.

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

Astrid Lindgren
Swedish author and screenwriter
Evert Taube
Swedish author, artist, composer and singer
Greta Garbo
Swedish film actress
Ingmar Bergman
Swedish director, writer and producer
Birgit Nilsson
Swedish dramatic soprano
Dag Hammarskjöld
Swedish diplomat, economist, and author

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