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Famous Swedes Will Grace New Banknotes

Hollywood icon Greta Garbo will be the new face of Sweden's 100-kronor banknote.

A new Swedish banknote series is embracing the “out with the old, in with the new” adage. Nineteenth century singer Jenny Lind, and famed scientist Carl Linnaeus will be among those making way for more contemporary celebrities such as Swedish poet Evert Taube and Hollywood icon Greta Garbo.


Other personalities to be featured on the new Swedish krona include author Astrid Lindgren, singer Birgit Nilsson and former United Nations secretary general Dag Hammarskjold. Legendary film director Ingmar Berman will be featured on a brand new 200-kronor denomination.

Sweden’s central bank – Sveriges Riksbank – says it chose “people who have made positive and important contributions to Sweden’s cultural heritage during the 20th century.” The figures chosen were also “popular with the general public and also well-known internationally.”

The new faces won’t be the only adjustment to the banknotes, however. All of the new notes will be equipped with a new security feature known as “Spark” – a device that allows the banknote’s colour to shift when tilted and includes magnetic pigments in the dye that creates an image in certain light.

Higher denominations – 100, 200, 500 & 1,000 – will have an addition feature called “Motion” which is a window thread embedded into the banknote paper, giving an impression of movement when the banknote is titled. This feature currently exists on the most recent version of the 1,000-krona banknote.

Changes to the banknotes were crucial, says the central bank.

“Banknotes must be difficult to counterfeit,” they say in a question and answer segment on their website regarding the changes to the currency. “The current banknotes were designed 25 years ago, and we need to equip them with new security features. The aim is that Sweden will continue to have an effective protection against banknote forgery.”

All six new banknotes will be introduced into circulation around 2014-15.

Edmonton Journal: “Garbo Among Famous Faces To Adorn Swedish Banknotes”
Sveriges Riksbank: “Questions And Answers – New Banknote And Coin Series”


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