Top 10 strongest currencies in the world
Dinars, francs, dollars, pounds and rials - introducing the world's most valuable currencies.
The US dollar may be the world's most widely used currency, but it's not the most valuable. In fact, there are several other currencies around the world that trade at a higher value against the Aussie dollar. Some of them are well known, others you've probably never heard of.
Top 10 strongest currencies in 2023:
1. Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
1 KWD = $4.97 AUD
The Kuwaiti dinar is the strongest currency in the world. The national currency of Kuwait was first launched in 1961 when Kuwait gained its independence from the UK. Its value was at first pegged to the British pound but it is now linked to a basket of currencies.
To find out why it's so valuable, you only need to look at Kuwait's location on the Persian Gulf. Sandwiched between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, Kuwait is an oil-rich nation and one of the world's 10 largest oil exporters, and that's why the dinar is in such high demand.
2. Bahraini dinar (BHD)
1 BHD = $4.11 AUD
We don't have to travel all that far from Kuwait to find the world's second most valuable currency. The island nation of Bahrain is also situated on the Persian Gulf and has a population of 1.4 million people.
But while the country may be small in size, its official currency, the Bahraini dinar, trades at four times the value of the Aussie dollar. The dinar is pegged to the value of the US dollar (1 BHD = 2.659 USD) and oil and gas industries are major drivers of the local economy. The country's largest exports are refined petroleum, raw aluminium and iron ore.
3. Omani rial (OMR)
1 OMR = $4.03 AUD
Next on our list of the world's strongest currencies is the national currency of the Sultanate of Oman. Located in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula, Oman is home to 4.5 million people.
The rial was launched in the 1970s and is pegged to the value of the US dollar (1 OMR = 2.6008 USD). Once again, Oman is another oil-rich nation and oil revenues have been a major driving force behind the strength of its economy. The country's strategic location on major trade routes has also played a part, and could be a crucial factor in years ahead as Oman attempts to reduce its reliance on the oil industry.
4. Jordanian dinar (JOD)
1 JOD = $2.16 AUD
Launched in 1950, the Jordanian dinar is pegged to the value of the US dollar (0.709 JOD = 1 USD) to provide economic stability.
Unlike the other nations we've already mentioned, Jordan is far less dependent on oil and gas exports and actually has few natural resources. However, Jordan is home to world-famous tourist sites and is generally seen as a stable country in a region of the world often known for unrest.
5. British pound (GBP)
1 GBP = $1.90 AUD
It comes as no surprise to see the British Pound listed among the world's most valuable currencies. With a history dating back to the 8th century, the Pound is the oldest currency still in use anywhere in the world.
It's one of the most commonly traded currencies on global markets and has been a floating currency (not pegged to the value of other currencies) since 1971. The UK has the sixth largest GDP in the world, with its economy dominated by the services sector.
6. Gibraltar pound (GIP)
1 GIP = $1.91 AUD
The British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar is located on the south coast of Spain. And while British pounds issued by the Bank of England are accepted as legal tender in Gibraltar, the territory also has its own currency: the Gibraltar pound.
The GIP is pegged to the value of the GBP at a 1:1 ratio.
7. Cayman Islands dollar (KYD)
1 KYD = $1.86 AUD
Another British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands are well known as a tax haven, with more than 115,000 companies registered there. But the islands' official currency, the Cayman Islands dollar, is also one of the strongest currencies in the world.
Introduced in 1972, the KYD is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 1 KYD = 1.20 USD.
8. Swiss franc (CHF)
1 CHF = $1.71 AUD
The Swiss franc has a reputation around the world as a safe-haven currency, and for good reason. Switzerland is a wealthy country known for its economic and political stability, and it has one of the highest levels of per capita GDP of any country around the globe.
Introduced in 1850, the franc is legal tender in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Its reputation for stability also makes it one of the most traded currencies in the world.
9. Euro (EUR)
1 EUR = $1.65 AUD
The Euro is the official currency of 20 countries in the European Union with a combined population of 346 million people. Germany has the largest economy of the Eurozone countries, followed by France and Italy.
The Euro is a free-floating currency that was launched in 1999 but wasn't in physical circulation until 2002. Today it is the second most traded currency in the world and a popular reserve currency with central banks around the globe.
10. US dollar (USD)
1 USD = $1.54 AUD
Last but not least among the world's strongest currencies is the almighty dollar. Introduced in 1792, the US dollar is the most commonly used currency in the world. It's the most popular reserve currency with central banks around the world, and the most traded currency in the world.
The USA has the world's largest economy, with a GDP of US$25.46 trillion in 2022. The US dollar is not just accepted as legal tender in the USA either, as you'll also find it used in countries like Ecuador, Zimbabwe and Panama.
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