The Euro

Last Updated: 2nd Nov 2014

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The Euro is the official currency of the European Union (EU) and is the most widely used currency not only in Europe, but the world.

Even though it is the official currency of the EU not all countries in the EU use or accept the Euro while there are also many countries outside of the EU where the Euro is used as and unofficial form of currency (ie you can spend and use the Euro even though it is not the official currency).

Euro coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well and 1 and 2 Euro coins. Notes are in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro denominations.

the euro, 50 euros

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European countries visited by Contiki that:

…use the Euro as the Official Currency

the Netherlands

…accept the Euro as an unofficial currency

(or have an agreement with the EU to use the Euro)

Country Official Currency Also Accepted
Albania Leke Euro, US $
Bosnia Convertible Mark Euro
Bulgaria Lev Euro
Croatia Kuna Euro
Czech Republic Czech Koruna Euro
Egypt Egyptian Pound Euro, US $
Hungary Forient Euro
Latvia Latvian Lat Euro
Liechtenstein Swiss Franc Euro
Monaco Euro* Euro
Poland Zloty Euro
Russia Ruble Euro, US $
Serbia Serbian Dinar Euro
Switzerland Swiss Franc Euro
Turkey New Turkish Lira Euro, US $
Vatican City Euro* Euro

*The Euro is the official currency through special agreement with the EU

Please Note: When spending Euro in countries where it is an unofficial currency, the rate of exchange used is often poor and you are usually better off exchanging for local currency.

…do not accept the Euro

Country Official Currency
England Pound Sterling
Norway Norwegan Krone
Scotland Pound Sterling
Sweden Swedish Krone
Wales Pound Sterling

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