A practical currency and money guide to travel, living and doing business in Slovakia and the Euro (EUR).
What's in this Slovakia currency guide:
The official currency of Slovakia (country code: SK) 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.
The Euro is issued in banknotes of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500, and in coins of 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1, and €2.
The banknotes feature images of historical and cultural figures from across the European Union, while the coins depict each member country's unique design. The design of the Euro banknotes and coins is intended to be easily identifiable and difficult to counterfeit.
Right in the heart of Europe, Slovakia is a land of castles and mountains, occasionally punctuated by industrial sprawl. More than a quarter-century after Czechoslovakia's break-up, Slovakia has emerged as a self-assured, independent nation. Capital city Bratislava draws visitors to its resplendent old town and tankard-clanking drinking culture. But Slovakia shines brightest for lovers of the outdoors. Walking trails in the High Tatras wend through landscapes of unearthly beauty, with mirror-still glacier lakes backed by 2000m peaks. Near the Austrian border, capital city Bratislava features a pedestrian-only Old Town with a lively cafe scene. Rising on a hill above the Danube River, Bratislava Castle houses a branch of the Slovak National Museum, with displays ranging from Roman artifacts to 20th-century arts and crafts.
Slovakia’s currency is the Euro. The euro is the second most traded currency in the world, behind the US dollar, so it’s very likely that your bank will have euros on hand. However, there’s no guarantee that your home bank will offer the most competitive exchange rate.
In Slovakia, Visa, MasterCard and Maestro are extremely common and thus widely accepted. American Express isn't accepted everywhere. Though cards are commonly used, it’s always a good idea to carry a small amount of cash in case you happen upon a shop or restaurant that doesn’t accept plastic.
Slovakia's less-visited east is speckled with quaint churches. Within its national parks are landscapes battle-scarred by the clash of river and stone. Beyond eastern metropolis Košice, a boutique charmer of a city, the Tokaj wine region unfurls across thinly populated countryside. Despite a storied history and varied topography, Slovakia is small. For visitors, that can mean fortresses, hiking and beer-sloshing merriment – all in the space of a long weekend.
Here we list some key points for expats and businesses to consider when managing financial dealings in Slovakia:
Understand Euro currency exchange rates: Exchange rates can have a big impact on your finances, so it is important to keep an eye on the EUR exchange rate and consider using a currency exchange service or a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees to get the best exchange rate.
Use a local Euro bank account: A local EUR bank account can make it easier for you to manage your finances and pay bills while you are in Slovakia. It may also be more convenient to use a local EUR bank account to make purchases and withdraw cash.
Research local laws and regulations: It is important to understand the local laws and regulations that apply to financial transactions in Slovakia. This can help you avoid legal issues and ensure that you are complying with local requirements.
Consider the tax implications: It is important to understand the tax implications of living or doing business in Slovakia. This can help you plan your finances and ensure that you are paying the correct amount of tax.
Seek financial advice: If you are unsure of how to manage your finances in Slovakia, it is a good idea to seek the advice of a financial professional who is familiar with the local financial system. This can help you make informed decisions and avoid financial pitfalls.
The exchange rate of euro (EUR), or the amount of EUR that can be exchanged for a foreign currency, can fluctuate rapidly based on a number of factors, including economic conditions, interest rates, and political events. Below you can check the latest EUR/USD rate plus recent trend, chart, forecasts and historic rates.
12 May 2023
|1.9% ▼||2 Week|
25 Feb 2023
|1.5% ▲||3 Month|
26 May 2022
|0% ▼||1 Year|
27 May 2018
|8.2% ▼||5 Year|
28 May 2013
|16.6% ▼||10 Year|
31 May 2003
|9.1% ▼||20 Year|
The EUR to USD exchange rate has been trading in a relatively stable range over the past three months, hovering near 60-day lows of 1.0724. Recently, EUR's negative correlation with a stronger US Dollar put some pressure on the single currency, while a weaker-than-expected consumer confidence reading also dented demand for EUR. The US Dollar has made modest gains over the past few days as a bearish market mood increased the safe-haven currency's appeal amid increasing Sino-American economic tensions.
FX analysts expect that if the Eurozone's PMIs raise concerns about weakening private sector activity, then the single currency could face headwinds. Moreover, the overall performance of the Eurozone economy is a significant factor that affects the euro exchange rate, and economists believe that uncertainty over the European Central Bank's interest rate plans could further impact the EUR to USD exchange rate adversely. However, the US dollar's strength over the past year is expected to eventually reverse in 2023 as the Fed's interest rate hikes cycle finally comes to an end.
EUR/USD forecasts EUR/USD rates
The below comparison table makes it easy to find the best exchange rates and lowest fees when you want to make an International Money Transfer to Slovakia or planning a trip or maybe living there, so will need to exchange and spend Euro.
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It is important to note that the exchange rate of the euro can change rapidly and that past performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. It is advisable to carefully consider the risks and factors that may affect EUR exchange rates before making any financial decisions.