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Swedish cash among dirtiest in Europe: study

The Local · 27 Mar 2013, 12:08

Published: 27 Mar 2013 12:08 GMT+01:00

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The university researchers concluded that legal tender in Sweden is near the top of the bacteria charts with an average of 39,600 bacteria per note. Only the Danish krone was dirtier, with 40,266 bacteria.

European banknotes carry an average of 26,000 bacteria.

This is more than just an academic calculation.

SEE ALSO: A gallery of Sweden's new banknotes

Ian Thompson, professor of engineering science at Oxford, says in a release that 26,000 bacteria is more than enough to pass on an infection.

Previous studies have shown that bank notes can be contaminated with harmful bacteria that can cause respiratory, urinary, and wound infections and other diseases.

The Oxford study looked at the currency used in 15 countries and found that the euro is the cleanest of them all, with just 11,066 bacteria.

SEE ALSO: Get the latest exchange rates and transfer money on The Local's Currency page

Thompson has called for wider research into the spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics through the global movement of money.

Sweden's Riksbank, responsible for producing the nation's money, is planning to introduce new and redesigned banknotes in early October 2015.

It is not clear whether the new notes will be equally bacteria-prone.

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Source: The Local Switzerland, where the cash is also filthy, to be franc.

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Your comments about this article

13:27 March 27, 2013 by Orcade
Maybe Sweden and Denmark keep the bills and coins "in the system" longer than other countries do... Does anyone have any info on this?
09:45 March 28, 2013 by john201004
Money is dirty this is simple fact, why people waste human resource and money to carry out such research? Does they didn't find anything interesting at all?
14:57 March 28, 2013 by Hisingen
That is why it is called 'Filthy Lucre'.

Does not require anything being spent at all 'on research', just use common sense.
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