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Map of currencies used within the EU and dates of Euro adoption
  States which used the euro from 1999 (currency entered circulation 2002)
  States which subsequently adopted the euro
  States using other currencies

There are eleven "currencies of the "European Union as of 2015, the principal currency being the "Euro. The Euro is used by the "institutions of the European Union and by the "Eurozone states, which account for 19 of the 28 "member states of the European Union. All but two states are obliged to adopt the currency; Denmark and the United Kingdom, through a legal "opt-out from the "EU treaties, have retained the right to operate independent currencies within the European Union. The remaining eight states must join the "ERM II and attain the third stage and adopt the Euro eventually.



The euro is the result of the European Union's project for "economic and monetary union which "came fully into being on 1 January 2002. and it is now the currency used by the majority of "European Union's member states, with all but two bound to adopt it. It is the currency used by the "institutions of the European Union and in the failed "European Constitution it was to be included with the "symbols of Europe as the formal currency of the European Union. The euro is also "widely used by other states outside the EU.

Current currencies[edit]

Currency Region "¤ "ISO "Euro peg Year Notes
"Euro " EUR See below 1999/2002 Also used by the institutions
"Bulgarian lev  "Bulgaria лв BGN "Currency board 2007 No target date for euro adoption
"British pound sterling
"Gibraltar pound
 "United Kingdom
"Currency board
1973 "Opt-out
"Croatian kuna  "Croatia kn HRK "Floating 2013 No target date for euro adoption
"Czech koruna  "Czech Republic CZK "Floating 2004 No target date for euro adoption
"Danish krone  "Denmark kr DKK "ERM 1973 "Opt-out
"Hungarian forint  "Hungary Ft HUF Floating 2004 No target date for euro adoption
"Polish złoty  "Poland PLN Floating 2004 No target date for euro adoption
"Romanian leu  "Romania Leu RON Floating 2007 Official target date: 1 January 2019[1][2]
"Swedish krona  "Sweden kr SEK Floating 1995 Pending referendum approval[Note 1]
"Swiss franc ""Flag of Campione d'Italia.svg "Campione d'Italia ("Italy)[3] Fr. CHF Floating[4] 1957 Also unofficially used in "Büsingen am Hochrhein, "Germany.[5] Swiss Franc is issued by Switzerland.
Note that there are other currencies used in "overseas territories of member states. Those territories however are not part of the European Union proper (legally subject to all its law) so are not listed here.

Exchange rate regimes of EU countries according to Reinhart and Rogoff[edit]

Reinhart and Rogoff classifies the exchange rate regimes of EU countries as follows:[6] ""Exchange rate regime of EU countries according to Reinhart and Rogoff.png

The classification codes are:

Northern Cyprus[edit]

"EU law and treaties application to Northern Cyprus is currently suspended.[7] Its territory is claimed by the "Republic of Cyprus, one of the EU member states, but currently Northern Cyprus is under "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) control. TRNC isn't recognised by the Republic of Cyprus (which claims jurisdiction over the whole island) and the European Union.

EU law would start to apply in Northern Cyprus if it comes under control of the "Republic of Cyprus (if the "Cyprus dispute is resolved through unification), whose official "legal tender is the "Euro.

Presently, the TRNC government has declared the "Turkish lira (TL, TRY) to be its legal tender. TL is not issued by any EU member state, but by Turkey and it has a "free floating regime.[8] Nevertheless, usage of the Euro in Northern Cyprus is already high in practice.[9][10][11]


During the negotiations of the "Maastricht Treaty of 1992 the "United Kingdom secured an opt-out,[12] while a protocol gave "Denmark the right to decide if and when they would join the euro. Denmark subsequently notified the Council of the European Communities of their decision to opt out of the euro, and this was included as part of the 1992 "Edinburgh Agreement, a "Decision of Council, reached following the Maastricht Treaty's initial rejection in a "1992 Danish referendum. The purpose of the agreement was to assist in its approval in a "second referendum, which it did.

"Sweden, which is obliged to adopt the treaty under the terms of its accession treaty, held a "referendum in 2003 on adopting the euro which was rejected by the Swedish electorate. The government has chosen to deliberately fail to meet the "convergence criteria for euro adoption by not joining "ERM II without prior approval by a referendum. The European Commission stated it would respect this decision for now but not tolerate similar moves from countries that join the EU after the euro is introduced.


Those European Union states that have adopted it are known as the "eurozone and share the "European Central Bank (ECB). The ECB and the national central banks of all EU countries, including those who operate an independent currency, are part of the "European System of Central Banks. Before a state adopts the euro, its currency has to spend at least two years in the "European Exchange Rate Mechanism which pegs it to the euro within a fixed band. Currently two currencies are in ERM, including the Danish Krone which has an opt-out. The Bulgaria lev is also pegged via a "currency board.[13]

Historic currencies[edit]

Currency "State "Symbol "ISO Completely Yielded
Rate to
"Austrian schilling  "Austria S or öS (ATS) 1999/2002 13.7603
"Belgian franc  "Belgium fr. (BEF) 1999/2002 40.3399 Interchangeable with Luxembourgian franc ("BLEU)
"Cypriot pound  "Cyprus £ (CYP) 2008 0.585274
"Dutch guilder  "Netherlands ƒ or fl. (NLG) 1999/2002 2.20371
"Estonian kroon  "Estonia Kr (EEK) 2011 15.6466
"Finnish markka  "Finland mk (FIM) 1999/2002 5.94573
"French franc  "France ₣, F or FF (FRF) 1999/2002 6.55957 Linked to "Monegasque franc,[14] both valid in France, "Andorra and "Monaco.
"German mark  "Germany DM (DEM) 1999/2002 1.95583
"Greek drachma  "Greece Δρχ., Δρ. or ₯ (GRD) 2001/2002 340.75
"Irish pound  "Ireland £ (IEP) 1999/2002 0.787564
"Italian lira  "Italy ₤, L. or LIT (ITL) 1999/2002 1,936.27 Linked to "Sammarinese & "Vatican lira,[15] all valid in Italy, "San Marino and the "Vatican City.
"Latvian lats  "Latvia Ls (LVL) 2014 0.702804
"Lithuanian litas  "Lithuania Lt (LTL) 2015 3.4528
"Luxembourgian franc  "Luxembourg fr. or F (LUF) 1999/2002 40.3399 Interchangeable with Belgian franc ("BLEU).
"Maltese lira  "Malta ₤ or Lm (MTL) 2008 0.4293
"Portuguese escudo  "Portugal or $ (PTE) 1999/2002 200.482
"Slovak koruna  "Slovakia Sk (SKK) 2009 30.126
"Slovenian tolar  "Slovenia SIT (SIT) 2007 239.64
"Spanish peseta  "Spain (ESP) 1999/2002 166.386
"European Currency Unit Accounting only ₠, ECU or XEU (XEU) 1999/2002 1 "Accounting currency alongside national currencies until the euro introduction.


Except for the two states with opt outs, all current and future members of the EU are obliged to adopt the Euro as their currency, thus replacing their current ones.[16] Denmark, which has an opt out, is planning to hold a "referendum on its opt-outs due to increasing pressure to adopt the euro. The Danish Kroner is already pegged to the euro, and Denmark has fulfilled all the "requirements for adoption.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sweden, while obliged to adopt the euro under its "Treaty of Accession, has chosen to deliberately fail to meet the "convergence criteria for euro adoption by not joining "ERM II without prior approval by a referendum.


  1. ^ "Government of Romania - Convergence programme - 2014-2017" (PDF). "Government of Romania. April 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-04. 
  2. ^ "Romania Sets 2019 as Target Date to Join Euro Area, Voinea Says". "Bloomberg. 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ Swiss franc is the official currency and "euro is widely accepted.
  4. ^ But capped as of September 2011
  5. ^ "Euro is the officially currency, but the Swiss franc is commonly used
  6. ^ Carmen Reinhart's homepage"Exchange Rate Regime Reinhart and Rogoff Classification - Annual fine classification, 1946-2010." 5th November 2014.
  7. ^ Protocol 10 to the Treaty of Accession 2003 (OJ L 236, 23.9.2003, p. 955).
  8. ^ De Facto Classification of Exchange Rate Regimes and Monetary Policy Frameworks, IMF 2008
  9. ^ Hadjicostis, Menelaos (30 December 2007) In north Cyprus, the Turkish lira is the official currency, but euro is embraced, "International Herald Tribune
  10. ^ Cyprus and Malta adopt the euro BBC
  11. ^ Cyprus' isolated north will be enthusiastic – if unofficial – euro users["permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Parliament of the United Kingdom (12 March 1998). "Volume: 587, Part: 120 (12 Mar 1998: Column 391, Baroness Williams of Crosby)". "House of Lords "Hansard. Retrieved 13 October 2007. 
  13. ^ cite web|
  14. ^ Replaced alongside French franc with euro
  15. ^ Replaced alongside Italian lira with euro
  16. ^ The euro - European Commission
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