Euro Is Beautiful!

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Voilà European currency, aka the Euro, aka EUR, aka €.

Isn’t it beautiful!? I exchanged a bit of currency in downtown Milwaukee before I left, and I was lucky to get some of every bill! (My amazing grandmother also gave me some of her extra change!)

A bit about the Euro: they are different sizes depending on the bills in order to cater to the blind and people with visual impairments. This way it can help them distinguish the different bills based on their size/measurements/be more independent when handling cash, even if they cannot see them. (Isn’t that awesome!?) The Euro has paper bills for 5€, 10€, 20€, 50€, and 100€. They also have 2€ and 1€ coins (equivalent to $1 and $2 bills, except these are actually used all the time (in contrast to American culture where many to most people do not carry cash, much less coins). The other Euro coins include 50, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1 cent pieces.

The euro is the official currency of the eurozone, used by of 17 of the 28 countries of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. It’s also the second most traded currency in the world after the United States dollar.

The euro was first circulated in January 2002, and has been used ever since. Though in the beginning its value decreased, today it is worth more than the US dollar, meaning I lose money every time I exchange or pull out cash from the ATM. (For example, I recently exchanged $697.93 for 500€.)

 

Bisous,

Dana

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