Slovenia brings in euro with no hiccups

Slovenia successfully adopted Europe's single currency, the euro, on Monday 1 January, crowning its 15-year transition from a republic in socialist Yugoslavia.

Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk withdrew 100 euros ($131.90) from a cash machine at Slovenia's largest bank, NLB, in downtown Ljubljana shortly after the midnight switch.

"I am happy although there is some nostalgia for the tolar. But this is a great opportunity for our country and we can be proud that we belong to this exclusive club," sa