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Travelling in Europe 2010

Travelling in Europe 2010

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Europe: a continent with thousands of years of history, a rich cultural heritage and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. So much for the traveller to discover and explore and all made much easier thanks to the European Union (EU).
You can cross many borders within the EU without being checked and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. You have easy access to healthcare should you need it and pets no longer have to be left at home. If you drive, your driving licence and motor insurance policy issued in one EU country are valid in all the others. And you can use your mobile phone everywhere.
For more information, helpful tips and a map of Europe, see inside.

Europe: a continent with thousands of years of history, a rich cultural heritage and some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. So much for the traveller to discover and explore and all made much easier thanks to the European Union (EU).
You can cross many borders within the EU without being checked and the euro makes it easier to shop around for bargains. You have easy access to healthcare should you need it and pets no longer have to be left at home. If you drive, your driving licence and motor insurance policy issued in one EU country are valid in all the others. And you can use your mobile phone everywhere.
For more information, helpful tips and a map of Europe, see inside.

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Travelling in Europe 2010
 The European Union stretches over the continent o Europe rom Laplandin the north to the Mediterranean Sea, and rom the west coast o Ireland tothe shores o Cyprus: a rich tapestry o landscapes rom rocky coastlines tosandy beaches, rom ertile pastureland to arid plains, rom lakes and oreststo arctic tundra. The peoples o Europe with their diverse traditions, cultures and languagesmake up over 7 % o the world’s population. Their historic heritage is charted inprehistoric cave paintings, Greek and Roman antiquities, Moorish architecture,medieval ortresses, renaissance palaces and baroque churches. The modernEurope too attracts the traveller with its vibrant cities, colourul culturalestivities, winter and summer sports, and varied cuisine.Europeans love to travel and the removal o most passport and baggageormalities has made travelling much easier. Sixteen EU countries share thesame currency, the euro, which makes price comparisons easy and removesthe cost and inconvenience o changing money. The creation o a singlemarket now approaching 500 million people has brought wider choice andlower prices. In act most Europeans nd it as easy to travel within the EU as totravel within their home country.
 
Money
The euro
 The euro is the legal tender or around 329 million people in 16 EU countries:Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy,Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.EU countries not using the euro are Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark,Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the UnitedKingdom. The eight countries that have entered the EU since 2004 are commit-ted to adopting the euro when they are ready. The symbol or the euro is €. The euro notes are identical in all countries buteach country issues its own coins with one common side and one side display-ing a distinctive national emblem. All the notes and coins can be used in all EUcountries that have adopted the euro, including many o their overseas entities,such as the Azores, the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla, French Guiana, Gua-deloupe, Madeira, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City have adopted the euro as their nationalcurrency, which also gives them the right to issue a certain number o eurocoins with their own national sides. A number o countries and territories usethe euro as their de acto currency, such as Andorra, Kosovo and Montenegro.In European countries outside the euro area, many hotels, shops and restau-rants, particularly in tourist areas, accept payment in euro as well as the nationalcurrency, although they are not legally obliged to do so.
Cash and cards
 Thanks to EU rules, withdrawing euro rom a cash machine costs you the sameanywhere in the EU as it does in your own country rom a cash machine thatdoes not belong to your bank. The transaction ee or making a debit or creditcard payment in the EU in euro is the same as in your own country. Chargesmay o course dier between banks.

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