Movie Icons Greta Garbo, Ingmar Bergman to Adorn Sweden’s Money

Greta Garbo, the reclusive Swedish Hollywood screen legend who died in 1990, will soon adorn the Nordic nation’s 100-krona notes.

Garbo, a Stockholm native who died in New York, is one of six prominent 20th century Swedes to feature on the new bills, the central bank said today. Director Ingmar Bergman, Astrid Lindgren, the author of Pippi Longstocking, opera diva Birgit Nilsson, troubadour Evert Taube and former United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjoeld were also selected.

“The new motifs reflect Sweden’s cultural heritage and different parts of our country in a positive and representative way,” Johan Gernandt and Leif Pagrotsky, chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the bank’s General Council, said in a statement. “Of course, achieving an equal balance between women and men has also been important.”

The bank will announce a design competition for the notes and expects to reach a decision on the final design by the start of 2012, “if no intellectual property law problems arise.” The new notes will be issued in 2014 or 2015.

Sweden’s current notes feature author Selma Lagerloef, singer Jenny Lind, botanist Carl Linnaeus, and Kings Karl XI and Gustav Vasa.

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