The Euro Symbol
The Euro symbol (€) is the currency symbol that is used for the Euro, the symbol is the official currency of the European Union, also know as the Eurozone, EU or EUR. The Euro Symbol was introduced at the 1st of January 1999. First the introduction was in virtual form bij electronics transfers and banking. After that the Euro was official introduced on January 1st 2002 in notes and coins in Europe.
EUR stands for the international three letters code from Europe.
Depending on your keyboard layout and the computer system you are using (Microsoft Windows or Apple Mac). The Euro symbol can by found on your keyboard by entering de following codes:
- Ctrl+Alt+e in Microsoft Office Word
- Alt+0128 in Microsoft Windows
- Ctrl+⇧ Shift+u followed by 20ac in Chrome OS
- Ctrl+k followed by =e in the Vim text editor
United States (US):
- AltGr+5 (US)
- Ctrl+Alt+5 (US)
- Ctrl+Alt+e (US) in Microsoft Office Word
- Alt+0128 (US) in Microsoft Windows
United Kingdom (UK)
- Ctrl+Alt+4 (UK)
- AltGr+4 (UK)
- Ctrl+Alt+e (UK) in Microsoft Office Word
- Alt+0128 (UK) in Microsoft Windows
- AltGr+E (ITALY, BELGIUM , SPAIN , FRANCE, GERMANY)
- AltGr+U (HUNGARY , POLAND)
If you are using an Apple MAC OS system like a Mac computer with a Apple Mac keyboard, a variety of keyboard combinations is possible. It’s depending on the Mac keyboard lay-out you ar using. Generaly the key combinations below are usefull:
United States (US) Mac keyboard:
- ⌥ Option+⇧ Shift+2 on a Mac Keyboard in the United States
United Kingdom (UK) Mac keyboard:
- ⌥ Option+2 on a British Mac keyboard
Slovenian (SI) Mac keyboard:
- ⌥ Option+⇧ Shift+5 on a Slovenian (SI) keyboard
French (FR) Mac Keyboard:
- ⌥ Option+$ on a French (FR) keyboard
German (DE) Mac Keyboard:
- ⌥ Option+E on a German (DE) keyboard
Swedish (SE) Mac Keyboard:
- ⇧ Shift+4 on a Swedish (SE) keyboard
The Compose key sequence for the euro sign is =E.
The Euro Sign (€) is coming from the Greek letter Epsilon, this letters symbolises the cradle of the European civilisation. The Euro symbol also stands for the first letter of the word EUROPE and it is similar tot the letter E.
The two lines in the Euro sign, which run horizontally through the E, represents the stability of the Euro in the world. These graphic also used in other currencies symbols like the Dollar from the United States, the Pound from the United Kingdom and the Japanese Yen.