Of the 27 nations that make up the European Union (EU), 20 use the euro as their official currency, in a region known as the Eurozone. While most countries that join the EU are required to adopt the euro as part of their membership, there are seven member states that have yet to adopt the currency. Here’s a list of the non-eurozone EU member countries:
EU countries that don’t use the euro
With glacial lakes, spectacular mountain ranges, a coastline along the Black Sea and fascinating historical monuments, Bulgaria is developing into an attractive holiday destination in Europe.
Currency: Bulgarian Lev (BGN) (1 BGN = .44 GBP)
Located in Central Europe, the Czech Republic has the highest concentration of castles in the continent, some dating back to the 1300s, making it a paradise for architecture and history enthusiasts. Plus, Prague, the Czech capital, is home to the world’s largest castle complex. The country is also famed for its tradition of brewing beer, which began as early as 993 AD.
Currency: Czech Koruna (CZK) (1 CZK = .035 GPB)
Despite its modest size, the nation has a number of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, the world’s second-largest thermal lake (Lake Hévz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grassland in Europe (Hortobágy). The Hungarian capital, Budapest, is also considered one of the most beautiful cities worldwide.
Currency: Hungarian Forint (HUF) (1 HUF = 0.0022 GBP)
Located in the heart of Europe, Poland draws history buffs, with plenty of mediaeval castles. There are also museums steeped in Second World War history, such as the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the Warsaw Uprising Museum, and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
Currency: Polish Zloty (PLN) (1 PLN = .19 GPB)
The largest of the Balkan countries, Romania has charming villages, dramatic castles, and some of Europe’s most stunning natural landscapes. A paradise for birdwatchers, the Danube Delta is one of the best preserved on the continent, while the spectacular Scărișoara is Europe’s second-largest underground glacier.
Currency: Romanian Leu (RON) (1 RON = .17 GPB)
This Scandinavian beauty boasts one of the strongest and most stable economies in Europe. Sweden also happens to be the perfect country to watch one of nature’s greatest spectacles—the Northern Lights – or stay up all night under the midnight sun.
Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK) (1 SEK = .075 GPB)