Astrid Lindgren and the world of her creation Pippi Longstocking will be featured on the new and widely used Swedish 20-krona note, which is worth around EUR 2.20.

The Swedish National Bank (Riksbanken) renews almost all paper money and coins between 2012 and 2016. There has been a lot of discussion about which famous Swedes will appear on the notes.

Bank executive Johan Gernandt announced details during a press conference in Stockholm on Thursday. The former Swedish secretary-general (1953-1961) and peace advocate Dag Hammerskjöld will be on the new 1000-kroner bill (about EUR 110). For the other notes, opera singer Birgit Nilsson (SEK 500), cinematographer Ingmar Bergman (SEK 200), actress Greta Garbo (SEK 100) and troubadour Evert Taube (SEK 50) were chosen.

Astrid Lindgren and children’s book character Pippi Longstocking will replace , author Selmar Lagerlöf and her creation Nils Holgersson on the 20-krona note. Also, founder of modern Sweden Gustav Vasa and initiator of contemporary botanic pioneer Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) disappear from the payment circuit. None of the Swedes depicted are still alive. | © 2011 Marcel Burger for ANP News Agency (original published in Dutch on 6 April 2011)