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A Estonian cashier puts Estonian crowns and euro notes in a cash desk... News PhotoAll European Currencies,Cashier,Close-Up,Crown,Customer,Desk,Estonia,Europe,European Union,European Union Currency,Government,Horizontal,Illustration,Illustration Technique,Moving Activity,Politics,Supermarket,Tallinn,TillPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPA Estonian cashier puts Estonian crowns and euro notes in a cash desk in a supermarket in Tallinn on January 1, 2011. Estonia adopted the European single currency at midnight, ringing in 2011 as the 17th member of the eurozone, a bloc threatened by bailouts in Greece and Ireland and debt woes in Portugal and Spain. As a spectacular fireworks show lit up the sky over Tallinn, the 2004 Baltic EU entrant of 1.3 million which broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991 bade a reluctant farewell to its kroon, adopted in 1992 to replace the Soviet ruble. While the centre-right government of Prime Minister Andrus Ansip has championed the switch to the euro as economic good sense despite the eurozone's turmoil, replacing Estonia's highly symbolic kroon has received a muted welcome among average Estonians. = ESTONIA OUT = (Photo credit should read RAIGO PAJULA/AFP/GettyImages)