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Norway’s New Passport – Oslo, Norwegia

The new passport design has been finalized.

In 2014, Neue Design Studio won the contract with Norway’s National Police Directorate in drsigning new passports, with a concept exploring the sweeping landscapes of the nation. And it took six years until November 2020, to finalize the designs into the Norwegian official passport, including the diplomatic passport, emergency passport and travel document.

The overall purpose of the new design was a solution to increase security concerning Norwegian passports, ID cards and travel documents. But a very important aspect of the task was also that the passport should have a solid foundation with the Norwegian people. The design has to create a sense of belonging and connection across age, gender and regions in Norway. 

New Norwegian passport design by Neue Studio. Image by: Catharina Caprino/@hestagentur New Norwegian passport design by Neue Studio. Image by: Catharina Caprino/@hestagentur

The new design of Norwegia passport by Neue Design Studio is even harder to forge. The passport covers feature a simplified version of Norway’s crest, as Norway’s flag. A simplified version of the country’s crest and the name of the document is embossed in gold on each cover.

Inside the passports and travel documents, each page is printed with a different depiction of the Norwegian landscape, including mountainous scenes with lakes and streams.

New Norwegian passport design under UV light by Neue Studio. Image by: Catharina Caprino/@hestagentur New Norwegian passport design under UV light by Neue Studio. Image by: Catharina Caprino/@hestagentur

When shone under UV light, the landscapes within the pages transform to show the northern lights in the night sky, a magical touch that adds a deeper sense of intrigue to the already striking document.

Some pages reveal ribbons of fluorescent blue and green to represent the northern lights, while others illuminate the moon.

New Norwegian passport design by Neue Studio. Image by: Catharina Caprino/@hestagentur New Norwegian passport design by Neue Studio. Image by: Catharina Caprino/@hestagentur

The landscapes surrounding the people of Norwegia give a sense of belonging and pride, and fill a symbolic function for the entire nation. Images of scenery and landscape can easily become clichés, but by being widely accepted and deeply rooted in Norwegian culture, they are also very easy to identify with. In addition, to Norwegians, nature is more than beautiful scenery. It supplies them with rich fisheries, clean hydroelectric power, and various other industries.

 

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