Money was in the news today. Swedish banks are making a killing thanks to the interest they are collecting on mortgage loans but they say they have no plans to lower rates. Bankers are bankers everywhere. What else would one expect. Someday, one hopes, the creation of credit will be a public utility like the roads and water.
On a lighter note, the government announced new designs for the kronor notes today. Check these out.
The 20 kronor note (about three dollars) features Astrid Longren and to the right is the figure of her most notable creation, Pippi Longstocking, who Stieg Larsson said was his model for Lisbeth Salander in his Millennium Trilogy series.
The 50 kronor note will feature Evert Taube, noted Swedish troubadour.
The 100–Greta Garbo. How can a country be serious about money when it is not drab green with pictures of dead presidents?
The 200 kronor note is new and features Ingemar Bergman. The backs of the new notes show scenes from the are where they lived, in Bergman’s case the little island of Fårö and the beautiful rock formations that I showed in a post on the blog last month. You saw it here first!
The 500 note will feature Brigitt Nilsson, legendary soprano.
And, finally, the new 1000 crown note will show Dag Hammarskjöld, former Secretary General of the U.N.
I found these other pictures of themes that were considered for the notes.
This theme was Aurora Borealis.
And finalist this was a movie theme, all with the same characters. The notes will be in circulation in 3 years. Plan your trips for 2015!