Wetenschap - 17 januari 2002

Euro well received by international students

Euro well received by international students

The euro, the joint currency of twelve European countries which was introduced on the first of January, has quickly reached the pockets of international students too. Those registered with the municipality could also collect a free euro-kit with the different coins, worth 3.88 euro.

Kazbek Toleubayev, MSc student in Crop Science from Kazakhstan collected his kit at the Hema. "My neighbour translated the letter which said you could collect free euros. They went like hot cakes." Toleubayev admits he's not adjusted yet to the new prices. "Everything seems to be cheap or half price. But I'm too lazy to convert the prices." MSc students from European countries heard about the introduction of the Euro in their home countries, like the Spanish GIS-student Jose Luis Serrano Castillejo. "For a year there was this irritating cartoon with a happy family on Spanish TV. We were totally brainwashed."

Kerstin Kirchsteiger from Austria only recently realised that she'd last used the Austrian money in August when she left. "But I also liked the colourful guilders." She tells that the different euro coins in Austria have different backs, in contrast to the Dutch euros which all carry Queen Beatrix. "I only have no idea of the current value of money." Edoardo Vigetti, who recently travelled to Berlin, has the impression prices have risen everywhere after the introduction. "My parents in Italy called me and told me the same." Still Serrano Castillejo thinks the euro is a useful step to a more politically and economically integrated Europe. "They should have done it before."

Yvonne de Hilster

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