Size in mm: 144 x 70. Issue date: 1 November 1994 and upgraded in 2002 with a hologram, foil stripe. Notes with annual figures from 2009 (printed abroad) have a letter in front of the serial number.
The motif on the obverse of the note is a portrait of Kristian Birkeland. The northern lights rising upwards toward the North Star are the central feature of the background.
We also find well-known constellations such as Little Bear (Ursa Minor) and the Big Dipper.
Birkeland's "Terrella" where he produced artificial northern lights is depicted in the area containing the watermarks. Birkeland demonstrated that when plasma escapes from the sun and travels through space, the earth's magnetic field compresses it on the daylight side of the earth and stretches it into a tail on the night side, ultimately producing the northern lights.
The snow crystal symbolises winter, the time of year when the northern lights are most visible, and includes a number of security features.
The reverse side of the note is based on the northern lights that are visible during the day. Whereas the northern lights on our side of the earth are visible along the coast of northern Norway at night, they are visible over Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, during the day.
Discovery of the auroral oval and the northern lights on the day side of the earth is one of the most sensational results of modern space research.
The illustrations in the lower right hand corner of the note depict Birkeland's thoughts about the orientation of electric currents in connection with the northern lights. Currents near the auroral arcs flow parallel to the ground, while those that are higher up flow along the earth's magnetic field lines. These currents are called Birkeland Currents.
All Norwegian banknotes are printed in intaglio on cotton paper. This gives them a special "feel" which distinguishes them from copies on ordinary paper. If you notice that a note "feels" different when you receive it, it is important that you carry out some extra tests.
Holographic foil strip
Like the 100-krone, 500-krone and 1000-krone notes, the upgraded 200-krone note has a holographic foil strip with the image of a Norse horse and the value of the banknote to the right of the portrait. When you tilt the banknote, you can see the play of colours in the motif on the holographic foil strip. Some pre-upgrade notes will still be in circulation. These notes will not have the holographic foil strip.
Watermark and security thread
The banknote contains a portrait of Kristian Birkeland. When the banknote is held up to the light, the watermark a portarit of Kristian Birkeland - and the security thread are clearly visible. The watermark, a row of portraits identical to the main portrait, emerges in various shades of grey. On the new banknotes, you can feel a variation in the thickness of the paper along the watermark. When the banknote is held up to the light, you can see the security thread with the text NORGES BANK.
The reverse of the banknote features a vertical strip consisting of the number 200 written horizontally and repeatedly. If you tilt the note, the numbers change colour. This is called iridescent effect.
Rosette with a hidden "N" and microlettering
If you study the banknote very carefully, you will also discover microlettering, and in the rosette, the letter "N" will emerge when the banknote is held up to the light at an angle. Microlettering appears on the front and reverse of the banknote.
There is also a register mark beneath the rosette. When the banknote is held up to the light, the non-coloured portion of the register mark on the obverse is filled by the coloured portion of the symmetrical mark on the reverse, thus forming a complete register mark.
When the banknote is exposed to ultraviolet light, part of the print as well as small fibres in the paper become fluorescent.
There is an invisible comet to the left of the portrait. It is only visible when the note is exposed to ultraviolet light. A narrow strip on both sides of the holographic foil strip will also fluoresce.