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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
The Euro is here! (from 01.01.02 in most Western European countries).

Switzerland and the UK (and some others) don't have the Euro but I hear it will be accepted in major UK/Swiss shops etc.

I never really got used to Austrian shilling and the conversion to English pounds is much easier for me.

In approximate terms ...
1 Euro = 0.90 USD
1 Euro = 0.62 GBP
1 Euro = 1.43 CAD

It's a nightmare for shop staff as many people are paying in the old currency and receiving thier change in Euros. Most people seem to be carrying around both types of currency at the moment

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/020103/80/cn68a.html http://uk.news.yahoo.com/020102/80/cn2qz.html http://uk.news.yahoo.com/020102/80/cn1pq.html http://uk.news.yahoo.com/020102/80/cn1nz.html http://uk.news.yahoo.com/020102/80/cn1h7.html


<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 07, 2002 03:56 AM: Message edited 3 times, by DangerousBrian ]</font>
post #2 of 10
At bloody last!
Uncle Tony says we might switch, but he's going to wait at least 16 months.

I wish we'd hurry up and join it. It would be good for business and for consumers. The only problem is the rate we join at.

my 2 pence (or 1.24 euro cents)

post #3 of 10
Some great stories there. It was bound to happen but why not eh?. It's all for the best in the end.....afterall now when I go to Austria for a day on the slopes I don't come home with a pocket full of Schillings and furthermore I know how much I'm paying for my lunchtime Schnitzel now! Good news all round I say, although the coins remind me somewhat of chocolate money!
post #4 of 10
Yeah, the first ones I got, I tried to peel the wrapper off! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
I think it's just cause they're so new, given time they won't look as bad!

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Still can't work out why the 50 cent piece is bigger than the 1 Euro coin :

Not seen a 5 Euro coin yet, anybody got one? wanna swop?

post #6 of 10
I was in France in December. All the menus had their prices in Euros but when you came to pay they asked for Francs - rounding up or down as they fancied. A bit of a nightmare - hope it'll be easier in March when the old currencies aren't valid any more.
post #7 of 10
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DangerousBrian:
Still can't work out why the 50 cent piece is bigger than the 1 Euro coin :

Not seen a 5 Euro coin yet, anybody got one? wanna swop?


You're thinking along the lines of the Finn who produced the 300 Euro note I see
post #8 of 10
I have a 5 Euro coin.

Will swap for a 3 euro note and a 2 euro note.

While we're talking of trading, I've got a budgie going cheap.

post #9 of 10
Went ot a beer hall in Murnau the other day. When it came time to pay they told my buddy they would accept only Euro. Something wrong with a bavarian beer hall not accepting DM to the bitter end.
Overall the Euro is damn good though. Like stated earlier no more useless schilling in my pockets at the end of a day and no more getting nicked on the exchange when you pay in DM.
post #10 of 10
First thing i bought in Euro was lift ticket in Warth.

If you haven't yet, convert to Euro, buy in Euro get back in Euro. In the UK, Switzerland, pay with Pounds and Fraenkli in order to avoid getting ripped off.

Almost identical are:
2 Euro and 1 Euro
50cent and 20cent
5cent and 2cent and 1cent
500 Lira and 1 Euro

And it appears kinda cheap/playmoney, in particular the serial numbers on the notes are almost punched through the paper (at least on those i've seen so far).
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