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Is this the world's coolest passport?

Northern Lights

Published 17/12/2015 | 02:30

New Norwegian Passport. Neue Design Studio
New Norwegian Passport. Neue Design Studio
Norwegian Passport, under UV light. Photo: Neue Design Studio
The new Norwegian passport, under natural light. Photo: Neue Design Studio

Norway’s new passport doesn't just look cool, it's got a surprise feature that shows the document in a whole new light.

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Designed by Oslo-based Neue Design Studio, the passport is themed on 'The Norwegian Landscape', and features minimalist designs of the iconic countryside.

Its killer feature, however, is only visible under UV light.

When the document is passed under such lights, it reveals the Northern Lights as waif-like trails on the paper.

Neue won the tender for the design following a competition run by Norway's National Police Directorate and National Criminal Investigation Service.

The tender required a clear expression of Norwegian identity, a "creative and innovative" solution and a high functionality, among other criteria.

Norwegian Passport, under UV light. Photo: Neue Design Studio
Norwegian Passport, under UV light. Photo: Neue Design Studio

"Few countries have a more varied and unspoilt scenery than Norway," Neue says.

"By using illustrations of single parts of a wide Norwegian panorama, from north to south, we want to show the contrasts in landscapes and climates that have shaped us, offered opportunities and resources, places for recreation and the scenes of important historical events," it added.

The new passport concept is being adjusted and refined on the basis of technical and safety considerations, said designer in charge, Benjamin Stenmarck.

The final result will be presented, at the earliest, in 2017.

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