Time for other countries to step it up.

By Erika Owen
September 21, 2015
Credit: Neue

There's nothing that screams "Norway" more wholeheartedly than the country's passport design. Whether you're a fan of minimalist composition or not, you have to admit that the travel document is a straight-up work of art compared to the deep blue jackets of the United States' version (and many other varieties around the world). Proof:

Credit: Neue
Credit: Neue

The government set up a competition for the best design, the winners being Oslo-based Neue Design Studio. The document features a line drawing of the country's photo-worthy fjords—while undoubtedly beautiful, it's not the best part. Toss the passport under UV light and another one of the region's best-known attractions appears: the Northern Lights. As if we needed another reason to move to Norway.

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.