88% of Slovenes Support Euro, Highest in EU

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STA, 6 August 2019 - The latest Eurobarometer survey has shown Slovenians are the strongest supporters of the euro in the entire EU, with as many as 88% of those polled favouring it.

Slovenia is followed by Estonia and Portugal (both 85%) and by Finland and Ireland (both 84%), while support by 81% of respondents was recorded in Germany.

The single currency enjoys the support of 62% of all EU citizens, the same as last autumn and the highest level since spring 2007.

The share of those who are not in favour of the euro in the EU-28 has dropped by two points to 30%, the lowest since spring 2004.

The average support for the euro in the 19-member eurozone, meanwhile, stands at 76%, up one percentage point from last autumn and eight points from spring 2016.

The figure makes for the strongest support since spring 2004 in the euro area, shows the survey, which was carried out among almost 27,500 respondents in June.

But the share of those who are still not in favour of the single currency has dropped by two points to 18%.

The euro was introduced in 1999, with Slovenia adopting it as of 2007, only two and a half years after it joined the EU.

Despite a number of price rises that the switch-over entailed, the euro has enjoyed strong support in the country ever since.

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