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    Currency in Finland – Euro EUR

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide to Finland

     

    What currency is used in Finland?

    The official currency of Finland is the euro, with symbol and currency code EUR.

     

    Things to know about the euro


    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.

     

    What the euro looks like?

     

     

     

    Euro – Markets & Rates

    1 EUR = 0.9784 USD
    Sell EUR  →  Buy USD
    EUR to USD at 0.9802 is 2.7% below its 90-day average 1.0069 with range 0.9596-1.0429.
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      1 USD = 1.0221 EUR
     
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    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.

     EUR Outlook

    DateEUR/USDChangePeriod
    16 Sep 2022
    1.0016
    2.1% 2 Week
    02 Jul 2022
    1.0429
    6% 3 Month
    30 Sep 2021
    1.1575
    15.3% 1 Year
    01 Oct 2017
    1.1809
    17% 5 Year
    02 Oct 2012
    1.2929
    24.2% 10 Year
    05 Oct 2002
    0.9831
    0.3% 20 Year
    EUR/USD historic rates & change to 30-Sep-2022

     

     

    Compare Euro Exchange Rates & Fees

    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.

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    Travelling to Finland

    According to the annual World Happiness Report 2018, Finland is the happiest country in the world. What better reason to visit a place than to meet its happy inhabitants in hope that some of it rubs off. Perhaps the happiness is due to the fabled merry inhabitant of Finnish Lapland, Santa, who shares the land which is also famed to be the best place to view the northern lights, or Aurora Borealis.

    Helsinki, Finland’s capital is one of the greenest cities in Europe, with the authorities targeting 2025 as the year that motor vehicle ownership will become obsolete boasting 2,400 miles of cycle lanes to show their commitment. With so few cars on the road, it’s no wonder that Finland is also considered to be one of the safest countries in the world.

    Although known for advancements in technology and progressive urban solutions, most Finns spend their free time in touch with Mother Nature. With almost 200 000 lakes and half a million summer cottages in the country, there’s a lot of room to retreat to the countryside and get away from it all. Hiking, trekking, Nordic walking and cross-country skiing are considered fun.

    What currency is used in Finland?

    The currency here is the Euro, Finns use less physical cash in their transactions than any other nation, but ATMs for cash withdrawal are fairly widespread and marked by the sign OTTO. Most major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard and EuroCard can be used for payment in most shops and restaurants. Thanks to EU rules, withdrawing euro from a cash machine costs you the same anywhere in the EU as it does in your own country from a cash machine that does not belong to your bank.

    Getting around in Finland.

    Finland is as bicycle-friendly as any country you’ll find, with plenty of paths and few hills. Bikes can be taken on most trains, buses and ferries. Åland is particularly good for cycling. Helmets are recommended but no longer required by law. You can hire a bike in nearly every Finnish town. Most campgrounds and many urban hotels offer bikes for a small fee or for free, but these are made for cycling around town, not for ambitious road trips.

    Finish public transport is generally efficient, reliable and safe. There are many options for getting around including bus, tram, train, city bikes and ferries. Bus is the main form of long-distance transport in Finland, with a far more comprehensive network than the train system. Buses run on time and are rarely full.

    Lake boats were once important summer transport. These services are now largely kept on as cruises, and make a great, leisurely way to journey between towns. The most popular routes are Tampere–Hämeenlinna, Tampere–Virrat, Savonlinna–Kuopio and Lahti–Jyväskylä. Finland’s road network is excellent, although there are few motorways. When approaching a town or city, keskusta on signs indicates the town centre. There are no road tolls but lots of speed cameras.

    Travellers planning a trip across the border to Russia must have a visa. It is advisable to get it at the Embassy of Russia in the traveller’s country of origin, because it takes at least eight weekdays to obtain a visa in Helsinki. Eighty percent of the water in Finland is classed as being exceptionally clean.

     

    The Euro is also the domestic currency in 32 other countries.

     

     

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