A practical foreign exchange and currency guide to Belgium
What's in this Belgium currency guide:
The official currency of Belgium is the euro, with symbol € and currency code EUR.
The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.
The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.
Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.
Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.
There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.
Major banks are forecasting the eurozone common currency to fall to $0.95 by the end of the year.
This multi-year low for the euro vs the US dollar looks only to worsen as winter approaches; the short term news for the single currency is all negative.
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The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make a Transfer or Spend Euro.
Belgium is considered a world leader in financial services and has the highest rate of card payments in the world. In some countries cheques have been phased out, but like in Ireland and France, they are still a common means of payment in Belgium. It is a small but densely populated country with a population of around 11 million.
Travel within Belgium is convenient as it has a well-developed road, air, rail and water networks that are easy to access. Due to its location between France and the Netherlands there are two main languages spoken in Belgium, Dutch and French. You can save a bit of money on getting around by buying a Metro pass, called a MOBIB Basic Card, which can charge up to 50% less than buying a one use ticket.