The euro celebrates its 15th anniversary: ​​some figures you don't know about European currency


On January 1, 2002, 15 years ago, the euro was put into circulation.

On January 1, 1999, 11 countries adopted the official and final exchange rate between their currency and that of the euro to come. One euro will always be worth 40,3399 Belgian francs, 6,5595 French francs, 1,9558 deutsche marks,… Three years later, in 2002, the euro landed in our lives, available in 15 forms: 7 banknotes and 8 coins.

Here are some numbers to remember.

In 0,88: on January 1, 2002, one euro is worth 0,88 dollars. Today it's worth about 1,08 (+ 22%). During these 15 years, the value varied from 0,87 (March 2002) to 1,57 (May 2008).

9.400 kilometers: it is the longest distance, from Brussels, where the Euro is used. It is indeed found in Guyana (7.300 km for Cayenne) and in Reunion (the 9.400 km in question), French overseas departments. But, another example, neither in French Polynesia, nor in New Caledonia, nor in Wallis and Futuna, these French territories of the Pacific which always use the CFP franc (Pacific franc).

3,52%: it is the weight of Belgium in the eurozone.

0,12mm: it is the thickness of the euro banknotes, made of cotton fiber. Their size varies from 120mmX62mm (5 euros) to 160mmX82mm (500 euros) but their thickness remains the same.

In 12: it’s the number of European stars that appear on all banknotes, even if the number of countries that use it is higher

7 years: in theory, as a security measure, to avoid facilitating the work of counterfeiters, Europe changes the profile of its banknotes.

3 years: In theory, this is the average lifespan of a 5 and 10 euro note. We count 5 years for the other cuts.

50%: one in two Europeans has never had a 500 euro note

0101 0101: in barcode, it is the signature of the 500 euros note

In 2018: scheduled date for the end of the issuance of 500 euro banknotes. _AF


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