This is a foreign exchange guide to Estonia, the Euro currency plus sending EUR transfers and travel tips.
In this Estonia currency guide we take a look at :
- Euro info - general info about the Euro
- Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
- Travelling in Estonia - currency & money saving tips
- Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Estonia
- Sending money to Estonia - save on Euro bank transfers to Estonia
- Euro exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
- EUR News - the latest Euro related articles from our blog.
Euro (EUR) general currency information
What is the Euro currency code and symbol?
The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR and the symbol is €.
Which countries use the Euro?
It is the domestic currency in Eurozone, Aaland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Southern Territories, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Vatican City, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Reunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre And Miquelon, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
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.
Euro (EUR) in the markets
Euro sentiment dipped in mid-June after the ECB, like other major central banks of the world, ramped up its dovish rhetoric. It said that there was “considerable room” for further quantitative easing and that it would consider negative interest rates. Ordinarily, this would spark an extended euro decline but since other major currencies are also wrestling with easier central bank policies, euro depreciation may be contained.
In spite of Brexit, a slowdown in economic growth, Italian risks and persistently weak inflation — an important measure of inflation expectations fell in June to a record low — the euro did fantastically well against the Australian dollar, New Zealand dollar and British pound between mid-April and mid-June. Due to a stronger US dollar, EUR/USD was down 2 percent on the year at $1.12, close to long-term lows.
For more details read the full article Euro Forecasts.
The interactive chart below shows the EUR to USD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:
Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Estonia
Travelling to the coastal country of Estonia in North Eastern Europe is simple and quick as its well connected by air, ferry, coach and rail with Scandinavia, Russia, Eastern and Central Europe. it's also a member of the Schengen area which means you do not need an additional visa if you are travelling from a fellow Schengen member country. In addition, Australians, Canadians, Americans, EU and and EEA nationals amongst more countries do not require visas. The official language is Estonian, with English also being widely spoken. There is free wifi everywhere in this tech savvy country including on buses and trains so staying connected and arranging your travel itinerary should be a breeze. Since joining the eurozone in 2004, the local currency has been the Euro and ATMs and credit cards are widely available and accepted. There are many little known cool facts about Estonia which make it a wonderful place to visit such as: Estonia's capital, Tallinn, is a UNESCO world heritage capital city and considered to be the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe; 50% of Estonia is forest inhabited by lynxes, brown bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and deer; it's also one of the least densely populated countries in Europe, making it a great option for a city break destination if you're looking for some good quality solitude, rest and relaxation.
Travel money for Estonia
Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.
Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.
For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
Estonia Trip Checklist
Sending money to Estonia
When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Estonia you need to start with finding out the latest Euro foreign-transfer exchange rate.
Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).
Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Estonia
When sending money to Estonia it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
- Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
- Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Estonia.
Use our Send to EUR calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!