Norway Will Change Design Of The Krone

Creators of pixilated compositions won a competition for the new design of the Norwegian krone

Officials from the country’s Central Bank have decided to change the tradition of picturing famous Norwegians on banknotes, and asked artists and designers to create themes united around the sea. For each banknote the theme was slightly different: 50-krone: the sea which unites us, 100-krone: the sea which helps us to communicate with the world, 200-krone: the sea which gives us food, 500-krone: the sea which gives us prosperity, and 1,000-krone: the sea which takes us to the future.
Seventy proposals were submitted. Recently, it was announced that designs by two studios The Metric System and Snøhetta were selected to be used for the banknotes. Snøhetta’s design of the reverse side of the banknotes features a pixellated coastline. Size of the pixels reflects the wind speed from breeze on a 50-kroner note to storm on a 1,000-krone note.


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The Metric System has developed the design of the observe side of the banknotes in the frames of the same concept with the necessary security elements.


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The two studios who won the competition will work together for the country’s Central Bank to develop new designs for the 130 million banknotes which totals the sum of 40 billion kroner.

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