Most Slovaks had cash in euros at their disposal as early as two days before the new currency's introduction in Slovakia on January 1, according to a survey published by the European Commission on January 3. The survey also revealed that 49 percent of the Slovak public had euro banknotes in their wallets as of December 30, while 60 percent of respondents said that they had euro coins in their possession, news wire TASR wrote.
People had acquired the euro banknotes mainly from abroad or by changing Slovak crowns into euros at banks. Meanwhile, 40 percent of those questioned had obtained their euro coins mainly via the special euro start-up packages. The central bank (NBS), commercial banks and post offices sold 1.32 million start-up packages containing €16.60 each in small change in early December.
5. Jan 2009 at 14:00