20 Incredible Facts About Europe You Probably Never Knew

Europe is an amazing continent with a long cultural history spanning centuries.  Throughout the centuries, different powers have both risen and fallen, until we are left with the geographic landscape we see today.  Traveling in Europe is even more fun thanks to all of this amazing history.  The people, places, music, architecture, art, and more.  Here are some interesting facts about Europe you might not have known:

1.) The Euro (currency) is accepted almost anywhere!

You can use the Euro in 19 European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

The Euro is also in use in territories of European countries, such as: the Azores, the Canaries, Ceuta and Melilla, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

Lastly, countries not part of the European Union, but utilize the Euro are: Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City.

Knowing these facts should make crossing borders a lot Easier.  However, there are a few outliers who have still not accepted the Euro.  These include:

  • Denmark – Signed the Masstricht Treaty which exempts them from using the Euro, even though they are a member state.
  • Sweden – Sweden did not sign the Masstricht Treaty, but their citizens voted in 2003 to not adopt the Euro and maintain their currency, the Swedish Krona.
  • Bulgaria – Adopting the Euro in 2022
  • Croatia – Adopting the Euro in 2023
  • Romania – Adopting the Euro in 2024
  • Czech Republic – Refuses to adopt the Euro
  • Hungary – Refuses to adopt the Euro
  • Poland – Refuses to adopt the Euro
  • Albania – Not part of the European Union
  • Belarus – Not part of the European Union
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Not part of the European Union
  • Iceland – Not part of the European Union
  • Liechtenstein – Not part of the European Union
  • Moldova – Not part of the European Union
  • North Macedonia – Not part of the European Union
  • Norway – Not part of the European Union
  • Russia – Not part of the European Union
  • Serbia – Not part of the European Union
  • Switzerland – Not part of the European Union
  • Ukraine – Not part of the European Union

Europe is truly diverse, but where are people visiting in Europe each year?  The next page will uncover where travelers are visiting in Europe.

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