How to pay in Amsterdam

In the Netherlands, people pay with euros, just as in many other countries in Europe. If you are not familiar with euros, it can sometimes be difficult to calculate how much something you like really costs. But don’t worry, shop owners are more than happy to help you. Before euros were introduced, the Dutch paid with guilders. Most nicknames that were in use for coins and paper money, are now given to euros: five cents is called een stuiver, ten cents een dubbeltje (a little double) and 25 cents een kwartje (a quarter). If something cost een joetje, then that means ten euros. All these names can be quite puzzeling: do you know, for example, how much your parents pay for a delicious fish at the market if they give two joetjes and get five dubbeltjes back.

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