CANADA’S NEW PASSPORT was already making other countries’ travel documents look shabby, but Norway is now giving the final blow.

Norwegian authorities wanted to reinforce passport security and put the design of the travel document out to tender, but Neue Design Studio‘s entry exceeded expectations by combining both passport security requirements and minimalist beauty.

Photo: Neue Design Studio

Under UV light, the moutain landscape turns into a night scene, complete with northern lights. Photo: Neue Design Studio

“Nowegian landscapes” does not stray from Norway’s reputation: it’s a design that is sleek and stylish. The jury praised the fact that it “illustrates the Norwegian identity and makes sure the passport will be viewed as document of high value”.

The covers are simple and come in three different colours: red for citizen, blue for diplomatic, and white for immigrant.

Photo: Neue Design Studio

It’s safe to say that even the most hard-core travellers will feel a pang of guilt when it’s time for this beautiful creation to get covered in stamps.