1. Astrid Lindgren, author of beloved children’s classics like Pippi Longstocking (and the criminally underrated Karlsson-on-the-Roof) was chosen to appear on the 20-krona Swedish banknote.
20 kronor is equal to a little over $3 in the US. The bill, as well as five others featuring famous Swedes like Greta Garbo, was designed by Göran Österlund and selected in a 2012 competition.
2. Lindgren’s books have been translated into 90 languages and sold an estimated 150 million copies.
She passed away in 2002 at the age of 94, after making an enormous impact on the way books were written for children — she believed them to be strong, curious, and capable of understanding topics, like disease, that they’d often been sheltered from. Pippi, with her superhuman strength and endless cheer, is a testament to that.