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Crown firms 2.44 percent against the euro

THE EXCHANGE rate of the Slovak crown gained 2.44 percent against the reference euro rate last year, Slovakia's National Bank (NBS) announced.

At the end of last year the exchange rate was 37.848 SKK/EUR, while at the end of 2004 it stood at 38.796 SKK/EUR. The average exchange rate was 38.593 SKK/EUR, up 3.6 percent year-on-year, SITA wrote.

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