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Balkans |  As of yesterday, the euro was only used in Croatia.

As Croatia, one of the smallest members of the European Union (EU), fully adopted the euro as of yesterday, the public said they could not get used to the variety of coins.

As of January 1, Croatia is included in both the Schengen Areas and the Euro, while the transition from the official currency to the Euro was completed yesterday.

Retired Zoran Juric told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the official currency is the euro, expressing his satisfaction with Croatia’s use of one of the largest currencies in the world, such as the euro, and said, “I have a problem with coins. I couldn’t really adapt to them.” He said.

Urić also stated that he found the government’s decision to change kuna in post offices positive.

Noting that people are still getting used to it, Ivo Vrilić, who works as a market seller in the capital, Zagreb, said, “There are a lot of coins. I’m having some difficulty with this. There are still people who pay in kuna.” He said.

Student Rocco Ragoz emphasized that she needed time to get used to the euro and said, “Once the euro arrived, prices went up a bit. I hope this gets sorted out soon.” He rated it.

While the official currency in Croatia is the euro, it has been noted that kunas can be exchanged for euros at post offices until the end of 2023 and at the Croatian National Bank in 2024.

Croatia became a member of the European Union in 2013

Croatia, which became a member of the European Union in 2013, became the 27th member of the Schengen Area on January 1, while also changing its official currency from the kuna to the euro.

Croatia has implemented the Schengen rules piecemeal since 2013, when it joined the European Union. Croatia believes that joining Schengen will have a positive impact on the country’s economy and increase its competitiveness thanks to free, faster and cheaper circulation of goods and services. The country also expects to increase tourism revenues as a Schengen member.

The Croatian government has announced that from January 1, the country’s borders will be made in accordance with Schengen rules for road, rail and sea transport, and has set a date of March 26, 2023 for airports to be fully ready.

Croatia has become the “twentieth country in the European Union that uses the euro”.


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