Norway’s New Banknotes in Circulation

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Last week two of Norway’s new maritime banknotes entered circulation, 100 and 200 kroner. Viking ships and fish have taken the place of cultural and historical figures on the reverse.

For the first time in history, Norwegian banknotes do not feature portraits. Instead, the new notes all reflect a common theme: “The Sea”.

Norway’s New Banknotes in Circulation
200 kroner banknote

According to Norges Bank, each denomination features an easily recognized primary motif on one side that communicates central characteristics of Norwegian maritime history. Think Viking boats, lighthouses, and the like. The reverse side is pixelated and feature an abstraction of sea and wind.

Norway’s New Banknotes in Circulation
100 kroner banknote

Norway’s new banknotes have earned praise and adulation online for the unusual artistic design behind them.

Norway’s central bank has also made a bizarre music video to celebrate its new ‘cod’ banknotes, promoting the imminent launch of its new banknotes, which feature the national fish, the cod, on them and using the slogan “cod is coming” (torsken kommer). The video plays on the rhyme between the Norwegian words ‘torsk’ (cod) and ‘norsk’ (Norwegian).

The video has received international attention, with British newspaper Financial Times even translating the lyrics to English.

Norway’s New Banknotes in Circulation
50 kroner banknote

New 50 and 500 krone notes, which will be adorned on the reverse by a lighthouse and the lifeboat Stavanger respectively, will be released at the end of next year. A new 1000 kroner note with a blue wave will be released in 2019. All banknotes are designed by The Metric System (the team of Christian Schnitler and Are Kleivan).

Norway’s New Banknotes in Circulation
500 kroner banknote

The old 100 and 200 krone notes remain legal tender for 12 months and can be exchanged by Norges Bank for up to ten years after the release of the new notes.

Norway’s New Banknotes in Circulation, written by Tor Kjolberg

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Journalist, PR and marketing consultant Tor Kjolberg has several degrees in marketing management. He started out as a marketing manager in Scandinavian companies and his last engagement before going solo was as director in one of Norway’s largest corporations. Tor realized early on that writing engaging stories was more efficient and far cheaper than paying for ads. He wrote hundreds of articles on products and services offered by the companies he worked for. Thus, he was attuned to the fact that storytelling was his passion.