Two more countries have adopted the Euro as their currency from today.
The Cypriot pound and the Maltese Lira have been swapped for the Euro, bringing to 15 the number of countries using the currency.
However, the Turkish Lira will remain the primary currency in northern Cyprus, as it lies outside the EU.
The Euro has also become legal tender on British army bases in Cyprus, making them the first parts of British territory to adopt the currency.
COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? email@example.com