Today is the premiere for the new Swedish 20 SEK banknotes featuring Astrid Lindgren. On the reverse side of the banknote, the county of Småland, where Astrid Lindgren grew up, is featured.
“It’s very exciting that the new banknotes are finally here. We have been working together on this since 2008 with banks, retailers and cash-in-transit services. We hope that everyone in Sweden likes the new banknotes and finds them easy to pay with. We also hope that everyone is aware of the new security features and remembers to tilt the banknote to see that it is genuine,” says the Governor of the Riksbank, Stefan Ingves.
From today, 1 October 2015, it will be possible to pay with the new 20-, 50- 200- and 1,000-krona banknotes. The present 20-, 50- and 1,000-krona banknotes will become invalid after 30 June 2016.
The new banknotes are smaller than the current ones and have completely new motifs; the poet, composer and artist Evert Taube, film director Ingmar Bergman, the actress Greta Garbo, opera singer Birgit Nilsson and UN Secretary-General and Member of the Swedish Academy Dag Hammarskjöld.