Where the Euro is used
You’ll need to swap AUD to euro when travelling to any of these countries:
Andora, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Vatican City.
Coins and notes
Like the Australian dollar, the euro (€) is divided into 100 cents (c). Euro coins come in 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2 denominations. Euro notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500 denominations. While there have been calls for the introduction of €1 and €2 banknotes, these aren’t currently printed (fun fact: producing these would likely cost more than €1 per note!).
About the currency
- The euro was introduced in 1999, though the notes and coins weren’t physically issued until 2002.
- Lithuania is the country that switched most recently to the euro, having done so in 2015. Better late than never!
- Euro notes are made from pure cotton fibre. This makes them more durable and gives them their unique texture.
- Each euro note has its own distinctive colour and a design that represents a different artistic period of European architecture. Very fancy indeed.
- The reverse (tails) side of every euro coin features a map of Europe and the value of the coin. However, each country that uses the euro has its own designs for the obverse (heads) side.