Bank of Spain to open 1 Jan for euro changeover

SPAIN - The Bank of Spain will open its 50 branches for a few hours on 1 January, a public holiday, so that people can change pesetas to euros, it has said.

"The idea is to make the changeover as comfortable as possible as some people don't like using cashpoint machines," a spokesman said.

Of the 12 euro zone countries, seven have said their central banks will open, or have the option of opening, on 1 January, while France is studying the possibility.

The Bank of Spain wants other banks to open