Top 10 Strongest Currencies In The World In 2023
Here’s the top 10 strongest currencies:
1. Kuwaiti dinar (KWD)
The Kuwaiti dinar is the strongest currency in the world with 1 Kuwaiti dinar buying 3.26 U.S. dollars (or, put another way, US$1 equals 0.31 Kuwaiti dinars).
Kuwait is located between Saudi Arabia and Iraq, earning much of its wealth from being a leading global exporter of oil. The Kuwaiti dinar was introduced in the 1960s and was initially pegged to the British pound before being re-pegged to an undisclosed basket of currencies.
2. Bahraini dinar (BHD)
The Bahraini dinar is the second strongest currency in the world with 1 Bahraini dinar buying 2.65 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.38 Bahraini dinars).
Bahrain is an island nation in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Saudi Arabia. Like Kuwait, the country earns much of its wealth from oil and gas exports. The Bahraini dinar entered circulation in 1965 and is pegged to the U.S. dollar.
3. Omani rial (OMR)
The Omani rial is the third strongest currency in the world with 1 Omani rial buying 2.60 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.38 Omani rial).
Oman sits between the United Arab Emirates and Yemen at the tip of the Arabian peninsula. As with its other wealthy neighbors, Oman is a major exporter of oil and gas. The Omani rial was introduced in the 1970s and is pegged to the U.S. dollar.
4. Jordanian dinar (JOD)
The Jordanian dinar is the fourth strongest currency in the world with 1 Jordanian dinar buying 1.41 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.71 Jordanian dinar).
Jordan is largely land-locked, bordering Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Jordan is less dependent on oil and gas exports than its neighbors and has struggled with sluggish economic growth and rising debt. The Jordanian dinar entered circulation in 1950 and is pegged to the U.S. dollar.
5. British pound (GBP)
The British pound is the fifth strongest currency in the world with 1 British pound buying 1.20 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.83 British pounds).
Britain is the sixth largest country by gross domestic product (GDP), according to the World Bank. The pound was first introduced in the 1400s before being decimalised in 1971. It is free-floating and thus not pegged to other currencies.
6. Cayman Islands dollar (KYD)
The Cayman Islands dollar is the joint sixth strongest currency in the world with 1 Cayman Islands dollar buying 1.20 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.83 Cayman Islands dollars).
The Cayman Islands is a British territory in the Caribbean and is an offshore financial center. The Cayman Islands dollar was first introduced in the 1970s and is pegged to the U.S. dollar.
7. Gibraltar pound (GIP)
The Gibraltar pound is the joint sixth strongest currency in the world with 1 Gibraltar pound buying 1.20 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.83 Gibraltar pounds).
Gibraltar is located at the southern tip of Spain and is officially a British territory. The Gibraltar pound was first introduced in the 1920s and is pegged to the British pound (at par, meaning that one GIP equals one GBP).
8. Swiss Franc (CHF)
The Swiss franc is the joint eighth strongest currency in the world with 1 Swiss franc buying 1.07 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.93 Swiss francs).
The Swiss franc is the official legal tender of Switzerland and Liechtenstein and is seen as a safe haven due to Switzerland’s political stability. The Swiss franc was introduced in 1850 and was later briefly pegged to the euro before moving to a free-float.
9. Euro (EUR)
The euro is the joint eighth strongest currency in the world with 1 euro buying 1.07 U.S. dollars (or US$1 equals 0.94 euros).
The euro is the official currency of the Eurozone, being 19 out of the 27 countries that form part of the European Union. The physical currency entered circulation in 2002 and is free-floating.
10. US dollar (USD)
The U.S. dollar is the 10th strongest currency in the world, worth exactly 1 against itself. All other units of currency across the globe are worth less than a U.S. dollar.
Created in the 1700s, the U.S. dollar is legal tender in the USA, other U.S. territories and sovereign nations including Puerto Rico, Ecuador and Zimbabwe.
The U.S. is the world’s largest economy by GDP and the U.S. dollar is by far the most-traded currency globally.
The U.S. dollar is also the largest reserve currency in the world (the currency most held by central banks) and is the currency used to price many commodities, including oil, gold and copper.
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