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Noregs Mållag wants coins in Nynorsk. Norges Bank’s recent decision to scrap the 50 øre coin has prompted Noregs Mållag to ask for new coins showing that Norway has two official Norwegian languages. The coin’s withdrawal leaves only the 5 kroner coin in circulation with the Nynorsk inscription on it, while the official language Bokmål will appear on the remaining three 1,10, and 20 kroner coins. Norges Bank argues the 50 øre coins have become impractical over time and says its decision was pragmatic, claiming this is what the general public wants.

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Noregs Mållag wants coins in Nynorsk

Published on Friday, 10th September, 2010 at 11:10 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

Norges Bank’s recent decision to scrap the 50 øre coin has prompted Noregs Mållag to ask for new coins showing that Norway has two official Norwegian languages.

50-øre coin
50-øre coin
Photo: Norges Bank


The coin’s withdrawal leaves only the 5 kroner coin in circulation with the Nynorsk inscription on it, while the official language Bokmål will appear on the remaining three 1,10, and 20 kroner coins.

Norges Bank argues the 50 øre coins have become impractical over time and says its decision was pragmatic, claiming this is what the general public wants.

However, it carries political and linguistic implications, because it changes the proportion of Nynorsk and Bokmål represented on the national currency

Noregs Mållag proposes all coins should then have both “Norge” and “Noreg” (Norway) engraved on them.

Centre Party (Sp) politician Erling Sande MP thinks this is only reasonable.

“We have two official forms of the Norwegian language, which is reflected in many areas of society. Now we must discuss whether this should also be more of the case regarding our coins,” he tells Dagsavisen.

Jens Kihl, Deputy Leader of Noregs Mållag (the Norwegian Language Society), finds it sad that Norges Bank has not reflected upon the issue.

“I don’t think it wanted to remove a Nynorsk coin. At the same time, I find it a pity that it is not innate. Coins are a symbol of a country. They have great symbolic value,” he says.



Published on Friday, 10th September, 2010 at 11:10 under the news category, by Ramona Tancau.

This post has the following tags: nynorsk, bokmaal, 50-oere, coin, norges, bank, noregs, maallag, circulation, money, erling, sande, jens, kihl.





  
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