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    Mar 20, 2014

    The Author Of "Pippi Longstocking" Will Appear On Sweden's Money

    Astrid Lindgren's kindly face is soon going to grace the 20-krona bill, as it very well should.

    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.

    Lindgren's books have been translated into 90 languages and sold an estimated 150 million copies.

    Ceyla de Wilka /

    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.

    "If I have managed to brighten up even one gloomy childhood," Lindgren once said, "then I’m satisfied."

    Pippi Longstocking / Beta Film

    The new banknote is expected to be introduced in October of 2015.

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