According to estimations, during the period from 10 December 2010 - 16 January 2011, 17,500 people visited the
exhibition, which finished on Sunday in Rakvere Põhjakeskus.
According to Tea Varrak, the Chancellor of the Ministry of Finance, the Euro Exhibition served its purpose in every
way. “The Euro Exhibition displayed in shopping centres offered people an easy and convenient possibility to get
euro-related information. The seminars and debates carried out during the exhibition definitely played a significant
role in increasing the awareness of people and the public. All this contributed to a smooth transition to euro in
Estonia,” said Varrak.
The first Euro Exhibition was opened on 18 August in Narva in Astri Centre and the last one finished in Rakvere on 16
January. In October and November, the exhibition was open in Tallinn in AHHAA Centre and in Tartu in
Lõunakeskus. The total of more than 15,000 sets of euro-related information materials were handed out to people
and approximately 100,000 euro souvenir coins were made during all the exhibitions.
At the seminars organised during the Euro Exhibition, the representatives of the Ministry of Finance, the Bank of
Estonia and the Estonian Banking Association spoke about the safety of euro banknotes, daily bank transactions and
other issues related to adoption of euro. Euro-related topical subjects – economic growth, price increase and
sustainability of the eurozone - were discussed in the debates organised in cooperation with the Estonian Debating
Society. Schools were also involved in the exhibition, pupils could fill in questionnaires meant for them on the
The Euro Exhibition, carried out and led by the European Commission and the Ministry of Finance, dealt with more
significant euro-related topics and introduced the history of the Europe’s single currency and terms and
conditions of joining the eurozone. The visitors received information about the production of the bank notes and about
the security features. Exhibition together with the seminars and quizzes accompanying it were part of the national
notification, by means of which they wished to increase the awareness of Estonian people of the practical aspects
related to changeover to euro.
Ministry of Finance
Public Relations Department
Phone: 611 3035
Mobile phone: 55 610 991