New banknote series

200-krone note: The sea that feeds us

Issue planned for 30 May 2017. Size in mm: 70x140

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.

As early as the Middle Ages, what started as fishing for personal consumption and regional trade became a substantial export industry. Norwegian dried cod was an important contributor to European diets. Herring, roe and cod-liver oil were supplemental. Teeming marine life has been crucial for the viability of local communities and settlement.

No other species of fish has been praised and made into legend as much as cod and herring. We see it in literature and sculpture, on municipality coats of arms – and now on the new banknotes.

In the pattern of the 200-krone note, a fishing boat can vaguely be seen on the horizon. There is a fresh breeze, and the cubic formations are longer than on the 100-krone note.

Moderately high waves form in the organic pattern. The lines from a fishing net and a sea-mark can also be seen.

The sea and its resources have always characterised Norwegian history and culture. Norwegians have a special relationship to fishing, aquaculture and seafood. Few countries consume more fish per capita than Norway.

Access to fish and resources from the sea, besides putting food on the table, has also provided a basis for trade and industry. Over time, great progress has been made from the first sealer and fishing boats to today's industrial trawlers and aquaculture facilities. 

Published17 November 2016 14:29