On 19 June Norges Bank issued a new 1000-krone banknote, the final denomination in the new banknote series. The first note in Series VII was the 200-krone note issued in 1994. The 50 and 100-krone notes followed in 1997 and the 500-krone note was issued in 1999.
The individuals portrayed on Norwegian banknotes are women and men who have made their mark on history in the sciences or the arts. The collector of Norwegian folk tales, Peter Christen Asbjornsen, is portrayed on the 50-krone note. Norway's great opera singer Kirsten Flagstad was selected for the 100-krone note. The scientist and northern lights researcher Kristian Birkeland decorates the 200-krone note, while author and Nobel prize winner Sigrid Undset was chosen for the 500-krone note.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was chosen for the portrait on the obverse of the new 1000-krone banknote. The background illustration was inspired by Munch's painting "Melancholy", a cardinal work among Munch's "Frieze of Life" paintings. The motif on the reverse is a rendering of one of Munch's studies for his painting "The Sun", which is among the decorations adorning the University of Oslo's Aula.