24 Apr 2012

New banknotes

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In 2015 and 2016 Swedish banknotes and coins will get an updated look. Eight artists and graphic designers have been competing for the honourable assignment to design the new banknotes and today the winner was presented.  Kulturresan – the winning design by Göran Österlund has Astrid Lindgren, Evert Taube, Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, Birgit Nilsson and Dag Hammarskjöld pictured on the new notes.

Kulturresan (or Culture trip in English)  is a proposal for a new series of banknotes that brings our money into the 21st century through the 20th century’s cultural profiles. The idea is to let the banknotes take us on a journey from the Öresund Bridge in the south to Treriksröset in the north. – Göran Österlund

What the coins will look like will not be revealed until later this spring.

Astrid Lindgren, Evert Taube, Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman, Birgit Nilsson and Dag Hammarskjöld.

Not familiar with these Swedish cultural icons? Here follows a short introduction.

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002)

A beloved children’s book author and the creator of famous characters, like for example Pippi Longstocking.

Evert Taube (1890-1976)

An author, singer and composer best known for his folk songs and  widely regarded as one of Sweden’s most respected musicians.

Greta Garbo (1905-1990)

Arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. A legendary actress who combined remarkable beauty with a modern spirit and irresistible allure and an icon during Hollywood’s silent and classic periods.

Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)

A director, writer and producer for film, stage and television recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential film directors of all time.

Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005)

A celebrated Swedish dramatic soprano who specialized in operatic and symphonic works.

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961)

A Swedish diplomat, economist and author best known for his role as Secretary-General of the United Nations. He is one of four people to have been awarded a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize after he tragically died in a plane crash.


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