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Norwegian banknotes

Norwegian banknotes are circulated, in addition to Norwegian coins as a standard unit of currency in Norway, the Norwegian krone.

Norwegian notes in use in 2003 include:

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The 50 kroner note, issued in 1997, portrays the collector of folktales, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen.

The 100 kroner note, issued in 1997, features Kirsten Flagstad, the opera singer and first director of Den Norske Opera.

The 200 kroner note, issued in 1994.

The front of the Norwegian 200 kroner banknote, issued in 1994, shows a portrait of Kristian Birkeland against a stylized pattern of the aurora and a very large snowflake. Birkeland's terrella experiment, which consisted of a small, magnetized sphere representing the Earth suspended in an evacuated box, is shown on the left. When subjected to an electron beam a glow of light would appear around the magnetic poles of the terrella, simulating the aurora.

The back of the note shows a geographic map of the north polar regions including Scandinavia on the right and northern Canada on the bottom. A ring encircling the magnetic dip pole (located near Resolute, Canada) symbolizes the location of auroral phenomena including the satellite-determined statistical location of Birkeland currents. Birkeland's original depiction of field-aligned currents published in 1908 is shown in the lower right corner.

In 2002 a new Norwegian 200 note was issued.

The 500 kroner note, put into circulation in 1999, features the portrait of author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1927, Sigrid Undset (1882-1949). The previous note shows the portrait of Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), world-renowned composer and pianist.

The 1000 kroner note, issued in 1990, featured a portrait of Christian Magnus Falsen (1782-1830), a "father" of the Norwegian constitution but was replaced by a new note with the portrait of Edvard Munch (1863-1944), painter and graphic artist.