Posted by: Sarah | January 27, 2013

The Colour Of Money In Norway

leafLast weekend news broke out that Canada’s new bank notes feature the Norway maple leaf rather than one native to Canada.   I personally wouldn’t be able to tell the difference but it did make me think about Norwegian money.  I often blog that Norway is almost a cashless society.   That said, we do have paper money in Norway and in this post I will introduce you to the famous Norwegians that are featured on each bank-note!

50 Kroner Note:

50notePeter Christen Asbjørnsen (15 January 1812 — 6 January 1885) was a Norwegian writer and scholar most famous for his folk tales that were published in the 1840’s.  He joined forces with another writer and his life long friend, Jørgen Moe, to write some of the most influential children’s literature in Norway today.

100 Kroner:

100noteKirsten Målfrid Flagstad (12 July 1895 – 7 December 1962) was a Norwegian opera singer.  Born in Hamar, Norway to a musical family she was actually raised in Oslo and became an international best in class soprano.  She travelled the world and spent much time in the USA.  You will also find her portrait on the tail of a Norwegian plane.

200 Kroner:

200noteKristian Olaf Birkeland (13 December 1867 – 15 June 1917) was a Norwegian scientist best known for his research into the Aurora borealis or Northern Lights.  He laid the foundations for our current understanding of geomagnetism and polar auroras.  His theories were dismissed for years.   He was nominated for the Nobel prize several times.  

500 Kroner:

500noteSigrid Undset (20 May 1882 – 10 June 1949) was a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.  She was actually born in Denmark and moved to Norway at 2 years old.  Her best-known work is Kristin Lavransdatter, a trilogy about life in Scandinavia in the Middle Ages.

1000 Kroner:  

1000noteI have never seen one of these notes!  Edvard Munch (12 December 1863 – 23 January 1944) was a Norwegian painter most known for his famous paintings including The Scream, Anxiety and Jealousy.  He travelled  studied and worked across all of Europe but died back in Norway shortly before WW2 ended.

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