The krona is the official currency of Sweden. The name is derived from the Swedish word krona, which means crown. The official currency symbol: kr. The introduction of the krona started in 1876 when it replaced the riksdaler at par due to the Scandinavian Monetary Union, of which they are part of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Then in 1914, The Monetary Union was dissolved, and the three states members decided to keep the name on their respective currency. The krona is managed and administered by the Sveriges Riksbank, which is the central bank of Sweden. In 1874, the Riksbank introduced the first notes in denominations of 1 krona and 5, 10, 50, 100 and 1,000 kronor. The 10,000 kronor was introduced between 1939 to 1958. the notes and denominations initially introduced in 1874 were invalidated after 1998. The Riksbank introduced new banknotes series in 2015, in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 kronor.
The 20 kronor note front design features the portrait engraved from a photograph by Jacob Forsell (Swedish photographer) of Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren (1907 – 2002), was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays who is worldwide recognized for her children’s books about Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga and many others, an illustration by Ingrid Vang Nyman (Danish illustrator, 1916-1959) of Pippi Longstocking, who is the main fictional character in Lindgren’s first book published in 1945; on a background of with open-books which containing fragments of Pippi Longstocking book. The design is completed with a holographic open-book, which includes the numerical denominations, the Three Crowns at the lower right corner, the National Emblem of Sweden, and background with circular lines and small drawings that allude to light flashes. The reverse of the note presents the Linnaea or twinflower, which the provincial flower of Småland (the province where Astrid Lindgren grew up), on a background with a landscape of the environment from Småland and an overlay sketch of the map of Sweden highlighting Småland province. The lettering of the note is presented in the Swedish language. This note is part of the 2014 – 2016 series, and its color is violet and multicolor.
Text: 20, TJUGO KRONOR, SVERIGES RIKSBANK, ASTRID LINDGREN, OM NI SKULLE TA OCH GÅ HEM NU, SA PIPPI, SÅ ATT NI KAN KOMMA TILLBAKA IGEN I MORGON. FÖR ATT OM NI INTE GÅR HEM SÅ KAN NI JU INTE KOMMA TILLBAKA. OCH DET VORE JU SYND. PIPPI FINA LILLA KRUMELUR, JAG VILL ALDRIG BLIVA STUR. PIPPI EN BARNDOM UTAN BÖCKER, DET VORE INGEN BARNDOM. DET VORE ATT VARA UTESTÄNGD FRÅN DET FÖRTROLLADE LANDET, DÄR MAN KAN HÄMTA DEN SÄLLSAMMASTE AV ALL GLÄDJE. ASTRID, TJUGO KRONOR, 20.