It is Easy to Get the Numbers Wrong

27 01 2013

Why do Europeans use commas instead of decimal points? – This is the question I have been wondering since I got here!

They use periods between the hundreds and thousands place, and a comma between the whole number and the tenths.

2,50 versus 2.50

or

350.000 versus 350,000

all together

25.500,00 versus 25,000.00
Full Stop "." – Blue

Full Stop “.” – Blue
Comma “,” – Green
Eastern Arabic numerals – Red
Data unavailable – Grey

The answer is… there is no international standard and countries choose the the decimal mark and the thousands spectator based on historical usage. To me this is all quite confusing.

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