Dutch plan euro giveaway

NETHERLANDS - On 1 January 2002 the euro finally becomes legal tender in 12 different countries. More than 15 billion euro notes and 50 billion coins will be delivered to banks around Europe over the next few weeks in preparation.

The Netherlands has embraced the single currency with enthusiasm, and aims to complete the changeover in less than half the time that other countries are aiming for.

The government has undertaken an expensive advertising campaign and plans to give away free cash.