Norwegian Currency

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Let's introduce you to Norwegian currency, and show you how the Norwegian money looks like.

The coins are now reduced to 1 krone (1 NOK), 5 kroner (5 NOK), 10 kroner (10 NOK) and 20 kroner (20 NOK).

One "krone" is 100 "øre", but the "øre"-coins are all gone. It used to be 1 øre, 2 øre, 5 øre, 10 øre, 25 øre and 50 øre. The last one, the 50 øre coin was removed and became worthless in 2012.

As you will see there are two kinds of some of the notes: There is a new 100 Krone note from 30.May 2017 and a new 200 Krone note from the same day.

Later there will be new notes of the 50 Krone (end of 2018), the 500 Krone and the 1000 Krone note (end of 2019).


Here are the ones you need to know:


One krone

Norwegian Currency 1 krone

This is the 1 krone coin, seen on the reverse side. It is 21 mm in diameter and has a hole in the middle. The main side shows the Royal monogram H5 which is the symbol of the Norwegian King Harald V.

It is designed by Ingrid Austlid Rise.



5 kroner

5 krone coin from Norway

Here is the 5 kroner coin showing the reverse side.The main side shows the chain (collar) of the Grand Cross of St. Olav (Storkors) - awarded to heads of state as a courtesy.

The reverse side has a theme from Norwegian woodcarving, inspired by the artist Ole Moene (1839-1908).

This Norwegian currency 5 krone coin has been produced since September 1998.  It has a diameter of 26 millimeter, and this one also has a hole in the middle of the coin.

The 5 kroner coin is designed by Ingrid Austlid Rise.



10 kroner

Norwegian 10 krone coin

This is the Norwegian 10 kroner coin, shown from the reverse side.

The main side is showing a portrait of the Norwegian King Harald V, and under it the Royal motto: ALT FOR NORGE, while the reverse side (as shown) has a motiv from a Norwegian stave church roof.

The coin has a diameter of 24 millimeters.

The 10 kroner coin is designed by the artist Nils Aas.



20 kroner

Norwegian 20 kroner coin

This is the look of the reverse side of a Norwegian 20 kroner coin.  It came out in November 1994, and has a diameter of 27,5 millimeters.

Norwegian currency has several beautiful coins, and this is probably one of the finest. The main side shows a portrait of King Harald V, and the words KING OF NORWAY (king of Norway).

On the reverse side is the stern of a viking ship, the value, and the year of production.

The coin is designed by Nils Aas.



50 kroner

Norwegian 50 kroner note

This is a Norwegian 50 kroner, as it appears from 1997. As the Norges Bank is working to modernize the Norwegian currency look, it will also be concidered to produce the 50 kroner as a coin.

The motive on the existing 50 kroner note is the author Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, who together with Jørgen Moe published the first volume of Norwegian folktales back in 1841.

The 50 kroner note is designed by the graphic artist Sverre Morken.


100 kroner

The old Norwegian 100 Krone note

This is the old, Norwegian 100 kroner, showing the famous Norwegian opera singer Kirsten Flagstad. It is still valid, and will be for many years.

It has been in production since September 1997, but got the metallic stripe to the right in 2003.

The 100 kroner note is designed by the graphic artist Sverre Morken.


The new Norwegian 100 Krone note

And this is the new 100 Krone note (the obverse side), launched on May 30. 2017.

Norges Bank describes it like this:

The primary motif on the 100-krone note is the Gokstad ship, which is Norway's largest preserved Viking ship. The ship was built around 900 AD and was found in a burial mound in 1880. In the background you can vaguely see a Norwegian bow design, X-BOW®, belonging to Ulstein Design & Solutions AS.



200 kroner

The old Norwegian 200 Krone note

The old 200 kroner note looks loke this, and has been produced since 1994. It got the holographic metallic stripe in 2002.  It is still valid, and will be for many years.

The person on the portrait is the Norwegian scientist Kristian Birkeland (1867–1917), who first elucidated the nature of the Aurora borealis. He also invented the electromagnetic cannon and the Birkeland-Eyde process of fixing nitrogen from the air. Birkeland was nominated for the Nobel Prize seven times (Wikipedia).

The 200 kroner note is designed by the graphic artist Sverre Morken.


The new Norwegian 200 Krone note

This is the new Norwegian 200 Krone note (obverse side), launched on May 30. 2017.

Norges Bank describes it like this:

The primary motif on the 200-krone note is a cod. Herring and the mesh from a fishing net can be seen in the background. For centuries, fishing has been a key source of income and important part of the culture along the Norwegian coastline.

It was the search for rich fishing waters which brought the very first settlers to the Norwegian coast about 11 000 years ago. They found what they were looking for.


500 kroner

Norwegian 500 kroner note

This is the Norwegian 500 kroner note, and has been in production since 1999.

The portrait is showing the female author Sigrid Undset, a Norwegian novelist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928.

The main side of the 500 kroner note is designed by the graphic artist Sverre Morken.


1000 kroner

The Norwegian 1000 kroner note

This is a Norwegian 1000 kroner note, as it has been from June 2001. Tha motive on the main side is Edvard Munch and a part of his painting called "Melankoli" from 1894-95.

Hovedmotivet er et portrett av Edvard Munch som ung. Et utsnitt av hans maleri "Melankoli" fra 1894-95 danner utgangspunktet for forsidens bunntrykk.

I rosetten hvor det i sentrum er en sekskantet form er mange sikkerhetselementer samlet.

The main side of the 500 kroner note is designed by the graphic artist Sverre Morken.





More about Norwegian Currency

This was a little glance of Norwegian currency, which shows you the money you will like to know a little about.

You can read more in our pages Norwegian Economy, the North Sea Oil and our page about Norwegian Household Expences. We will also give you the Foreign Currency Calculator, which might be helpful in planning your trip.

And if that's not enough you can visit the Norwegian Goverment's website about Norwegian economy and policy.


If you want to read more about Norwegian currency and economy you can also visit the homepage of Norges Bank here



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