Swiss Franc (CHF) Profile

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CHF, or Fr, or SFr

1/100, <br /> Rappen, Rp (German) /Centime, C (French)/Centesimo, Ct (Italian) /Rap, Rp (Romansh)
Coins freq used: 
1 Fr., 2 Fr., 5 FR., 5Rp., 10Rp., 20Rp., 50Rp.(1/2 Fr.)
Banknotes freq used: 
10 CHF, 20 CHF, 50 CHF, 100 CHF, 200 CHF, 1000 CHF
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Swiss National Bank (
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a. Officially used in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Italy exclave Campione d'ltalla.
b. Also widely used in German exclave Büsingen whose sole legal currency is the euro.

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Swiss franc users

Swiss franc is official of Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Italy exclave Campione d'Italla. It is also widely used in German exclave Büsingen whose sole legal currency is the euro.

Both Switzerland and Liechtenstein geographically locate in the central of Europe. They are bordered each other. The establishment of the Swiss Confederation traces back to August 1st, 1291. The Swiss speaks four official languages, German as the majority, following the French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland has not joined the European Union (EU), neither does Liechtenstein. In the referendums hold in 1992 and 2001, the Swiss people voted against the accession negotiations with the EU. Liechtenstein is a small country with around 160 square kilometers (62 sq miles) area but very rich. Its official language is German and uses the neighbor Switzerland’s currency, Swiss franc as national currency.

Swiss franc coins and banknotes

Swiss Franc is Hard currency and used as a reserve currency in the world. All banknotes are displayed all information in the four national languages which are German, French, Italian and Romansh. Respecting the same reason, all Swiss coins are language-neutral and feature with only numerals. Currently in circulation coins are in denominations of 5, 10 & 20 centimes, ½, 1, 2 & 5 francs, banknotes are in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 & 1,000 francs.

Swiss franc and which countries are using franc currency?

The Swiss franc is the only version of the franc still issued in Europe. France Franc, Belgian franc and Luxembourgish franc have been withdrawn from circulation since euro was adopted in 1999. Besides Swiss franc, other franc currencies are going about in most of the Francophone countries of Africa. They are CFA francs and Comorian franc. The CFA franc is the name of two currencies which are West African CFA franc (code: XOF) and Central African CFA franc (code: XAF) and these two currencies have always been at a same fixed exchange rate against other currencies.

Franc currencies currently in circulation (exchange rate refer to: Date of 6 February 2013)
Currencies Code Users 1 USD= 1 EUR= 1 GBP= Notes
Swiss Franc CHF 1. Officially used in Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Italy exclave Campione d'ltalla.
2. Also widely used in German exclave Büsingen.
0.90973 1.23101 1.42429 German exclave Büsingen uses the euro as sole legal currency.
West African CFA franc XOF XOF currency union: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'lvoire (Ivory Coast), Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo 484.757 655.959 758.945 The West African CFA franc is pegged with euro at 1 EUR = 655.9570 XOF since Jan.1st 1999.
Central African CFA franc XAF XAF currency union: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon 484.757 655.959 758.945 The Central African CFA franc pegged with euro at 1 EUR = 655.9570 XAF since Jan 1st, 1999.
CFP franc XPF XPF currency union: French overseas collectivities of French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna 88.1854 119.331 138.061 The CFP franc is pegged with euro at 1 EUR = 0.00838 XPF since Jan 1st, 1999.
Comorian franc KMF Comoros 363.561 491.967 569.184 The Comorian franc is pegged with the euro at 1 EUR =491.96755KMF since Jan.1st 1999.
Congolese franc CDF Democratic Republic of the Congo 920.728 1245.82 1441.54 The Congolese franc was used during 1908-1962, 1997-present.
Djiboutian franc DJF Djibouti 179.748 243.215 281.424 The Djiboutian franc is pegged with U.S.dollar at 1 USD = 177.721 DJF since 1949.
Guinean franc GNF Guinea 6979.82 9444.29 10928 The Guinean franc was first introduced in 1959, used in 1959-1971, 1985-present.
Rwandan franc RWF Rwanda 632.488 855.688 990.156 Rwandan franc was introduced in 1964.
Burundi franc BIF Burundi 1559.98 2110.49 2442.15 Burundi franc was introduced in 1964.