The official currency of Netherlands
As part of the European Union, the official Netherlands money currency is Euro.
In 2002 the Euro became the official money in Netherlands, even if they were already using the currency since 1999 when it was first introduced.
In the beginning, it was used trough electronic systems and traveller’s checks and three years later, at the beginning of 2002, it was legally regulated.
Euro can be found all over Europe under the following subdivisions:
- euro coins: 1, 2 and 5 cent, 10, 20 and 50 cent, 1 and 2 Euro coins
- euro banknotes: 5, 10, 20 and 50 Euro, 100, 200 and 500 Euro notes
Some European countries, however, allow holders of old currency to continue to use old money, sometimes even after several years and Germany, Spain, Austria and Ireland are even allowing people to use the money forever.
What was the OFFICIAL currency of Netherlands MONEY before Euro?
Before the Euro, the official Holland money was the Dutch guilder, which everyone refers to as the guilder.
The guilder was used from 1680 to 2002, for a period of 322 years, which is impressive.
So, all people of the Netherlands who lived during there years use the guilder to buy everything they need.
Dutch guilder was Holland and the Netherlands national currency since the 17th century until 2002! Quite impressive I would say!
Actually, the guilder is still used today in countries of Sint Maarten and Curacao, countries that are part of the Holland country.
Important to know that this currency is different from the traditional Dutch guilder.
By the way! Did you know that the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of Netherlands, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.
Having a history of more than 300 years, the Dutch guilder had some interruption periods during its life.
When the French annexation took place, there was a short period when the French franc was used for 4 years from 1810 to 1814.
After the end of the Napoleonic wars, Holland began using the old Holland currency, the Dutch guilder again.
During World War II, the guilder went trough periods of German occupation, afterwards, the exchange rate is set by the liberating Allied forces.
During its life the guilder had phases when the coins were made from more than one material.
Along time, there were no other interventions on using the guilder by outside countries.
Starting with 2002 when Euro was introduced in the Netherlands as the official money in Netherlands
The guilder banknotes and guilder coins (Netherlands money before Euro) were still exchangeable at the Central bank of Netherlands until 1st January 2007.
Banknotes on the other side could still be exchanged today, as they can be exchanged until 2032.
So the answer to the main question in all tourist’s minds what is Netherlands currency is that today the official currency of Netherlands money currency is Euro.
Euro coins and banknotes are used all over Holland as national currency!
If you are wondering how you can get the dutch money, the easiest way is from an exchange office.
You can also withdraw money from a local ATM or pay with your credit card, as there are no additional costs except the commissions practised by the bank where you have opened your account.
Tip: use a currency converter before you go to an exchange office so you can compare the rates used by the office with the official ones and have an idea how profitable is to exchange money on that exchange office.
Remember, the euro is what money does Holland use!
All the 12 provinces from the Netherlands, from the north and south Holland, all territories adopted euro!
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