NORWAY: Winner of best passport to carry/own
Whether you have always dreamed of visiting Norway, or have a vague idea of where Norway is, once more they are in the news, this time for having the best passport in the world (coolest, and most beautifully designed ). And just to prove that this was intentional and not an accident, they also were awarded best currency design (just to prove that you don;’t have to use and look at boring, ugly stuff every day).
Of course, one could argue over whether having a beautiful passport or beautiful cash to spend makes the country any better as a place to live. Even some really nasty countries or megalomaniacal dictator could hire a firm to design an amazing currency (with his face on it to be sure and to guarantee megalomaniacal is spelled correctly!) So how does Norway compare? Keep reading below..
More about winning the Best Passport Design:
Oslo’s Neue Design Studio says the look isn’t quite final, as anti-counterfeiting measures and other security features still need to be built in, but it does represent the general aesthetic that Norway is going for — which is, in a word, gorgeous.
More about the New Kroner:
See the various designs submitted here >> .pdf
Norway is not only the most artistic nation in the world
Norway is the happiest country in the world in which to live (Forbes Magazine). And second richest. 95% say they are satisfied with the freedom to choose the direction of their lives; an unparalleled 74% say other people can be trusted.
Norway is also considered the world’s most prosperous country.
Huffington Post lists 23 more reasons why Norway is the greatest place on earth.
Americans NEVER like to be compared to other countries, even to France in the culinary area (Unless we come out on top), but how does Norway compare to the USA (NOTE: The USA has recently been releasing new currency designs as well.)?
Compared to American healthcare: See http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/fund-reports/2014/jun/mirror-mirror
Compared to American education: See http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/12/american-schools-vs-the-world-expensive-unequal-bad-at-math/281983/
Compared to currency design: See http://paperbackdesign.com/redesigning-money-new-concepts-for-printed-norwegian-and-us-currency/
Travel to Norway on holiday:
Start with the official visitor’s bureau site – http://www.visitnorway.com/
WikiTravel also has a site – http://wikitravel.org/en/Norway
First-time visitors? Advice from TripAdvisor.com – http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g190455-c96226/Norway:First.Time.Visitors.Read.This.html
Lonely Planet also has some good content – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway
as well as ThornTree, their Travel Forum – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search[query]=Norway&search-q-submit=
And don’t forget to first purchase travel medical insurance for about $1-2 a day!
(Healthcare in Norway is not free. While Norway has nationalized healthcare run by four Regional Health Authorities [RHA] and owned by the Ministry of Health and Care Services, visitors will be expected to pay up front, and emergency evacuation is not covered.) One doctor visit will just about pay for your health insurance coverage, not to mention if something really bad happens, or you need a prescription or hospitalization.
What U.S. currency could look like:
Examples of what a redesigned U.S. currency could look like.
Additional images of the new Nordic Kroner: