Frequently asked questions about notes and coins

The banknote and coin changeover

Why has the Riksbank replaced its banknotes?

The new banknotes have new security features to make them harder to counterfeit. The older banknotes, which became invalid in 2016 and 2017, were designed around 30 years ago and needed to be modernised.

Why has the Riksbank replaced its coins?

Firstly, the new coins are much smaller and lighter, which means that the handling costs for coins will be lower. Secondly, the new coins are completely nickel-free. This eliminates the risk of nickel allergy, which is a problem for many people. Thirdly, there is less environmental impact as fewer transports are needed for the same value of coins.

The new coins are also much cheaper to produce, which means that the Riksbank, and thus the state, has lower costs.

By introducing a 2-krona coin, fewer coins will be needed as the 2-krona coin will replace two 1-krona coins in many payments.

Why did the Riksbank change banknotes and coins when so many people use other methods of payment?

Even if other methods of payments, such as card payments, are increasing the Riksbank assesses that cash will remain in use for a long time to come.

Can banknotes of the same denomination differ in size?

Yes, the size of the banknotes can vary by +/- 1 mm and this is also a natural variation that arises in the printing process.

Invalid banknotes and coins

What should I do with invalid banknotes?

The Riksbank can redeem the invalid banknotes for an administration fee of SEK 100. Read more about how to redeem invalid banknotes at the Riksbank.

What should I do with invalid coins?

It is no longer possible to redeem invalid coins at the banks or the Riksbank.

Other questions about banknotes and coins

Can shops refuse to accept cash?

The main rule is that cash is legal tender and therefore shall be accepted as payment. This rule can, however, be waived by shops, restaurants, etc. In principle, therefore, a shop can refuse cash entirely or refuse to accept coins or certain denominations (e.g. 1000-krona banknotes). From a consumer perspective, it is better for me to get this information in good time (for example in the form of a sign on the shop door) so that I can choose if I want to shop there or go somewhere else.

Can banks refuse to handle cash?

The freedom of contract principle means that the obligation to accept cash as a means of payment can be waived. This freedom of contract also applies to banks in relation to their customers. Such a contract may be written or verbal. It is therefore not necessarily a question of an actual written contract, as it is sufficient for the bank to simply inform customers that it does not accept cash. The Riksbank has no mandate to decide over cash handling by the banks. Any change in the legislation regarding cash handling is a matter for the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament) and the Government.

What are Swedish banknotes made of?

The banknotes are made of raw cotton, which gives a rough and firm texture.

How much do the new banknotes and coins cost to manufacture?

The Riksbank does not manufacture any banknotes or coins itself. For us, a banknote costs between 40 and 75 öre depending on the denomination. The 1 and 2-krona coins cost 15–20 öre and the 5-krona costs about 50 öre.

How many banknotes and coins are in circulation?

Here you can find statistics on banknotes and coins.

What do I do if I find a counterfeit banknote or coin?

Payments may not be made using counterfeit banknotes and coins. To do so deliberately is a serious crime that is punishable by a prison sentence. It is also punishable to possess counterfeit banknotes or coins with the intention of distributing them. If you detect a counterfeit banknote or coin, refuse to accept the banknote or coin. If you already have, try to remember how you might have obtained it and report it to the police. More information on counterfeit banknotes and security features can be found under genuine or counterfeit.

What should I do with damaged banknotes?

If you have a damaged banknote, you can normally take it to a bank to replace it. If the bank will not replace the banknote, you can send it to the Riksbank. More information on what to do can be found under: redeeming damaged banknotes.

How much silver is there in old coins?

Coin Year of minting Percentage of silver Comment
1-krona 1875-1942 80 Coins minted in 1942 can contain 40 or 80 per cent silver.
  1942-1968 40 Coins minted in 1968 can contain 40 per cent silver or no silver at all.
2-krona 1876-1940 80  
  1942-1950 40  
  1952-1966 40  
5-krona 1954-1971 40  

What do banknotes weigh?

The paper on which the new banknotes are printed weighs as follows (+/- 5 per cent deviation may occur): Weight of banknotes may also vary depending on the air humidity.

Denomination Weight (grams)
20 kr 0,76
50 kr 0,80
100 kr 0,87
200 kr 0,91
500 kr 0,96
1000 kr 1,01

Is it illegal to destroy money?

No, it is not illegal. You can do what you like with your own money. Previously, it was illegal to destroy coins, for instance, by making holes in them.

I am a foreign citizen and I have some Swedish banknotes that has ceased to be legal tender. Where can I exchange them or redeem them?

If you are a tourist and discover that you have invalid Swedish banknotes after you have left the country, you can send them to the Riksbank, who will redeem them. The Riksbank will deposit the appropriate amount of money in your bank account (even if it is a foreign bank account). However, the Riksbank charges a fee of SEK 100 for every redemption case, so there is no point in trying to redeem less than SEK 100. Information on how to redeem invalid banknotes can be found on Redeeming invalid banknotes. You can also contact us by telephone: +46 8 787 09 06. Telephone hours are weekdays, 08.00–12.00.

However, the Riksbank cannot redeem coins.

Updated 18/07/2018

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