How do I display the currency for a locale?
Author: Deron Eriksson
Description: This Java tutorial describes how to display currency information about a locale.
Tutorial created using: Windows XP || JDK 1.5.0_09 || Eclipse Web Tools Platform 2.0 (Eclipse 3.3.0)

A Currency object can be obtained for a particular locale via a call to Currency.getInstance(locale). The CurrencyTest class demonstrates getting a Currency object for a locale. Once a Currency object is obtained, it displays the currency code, symbol, and the default fraction digits for that currency. The CurrencyTest class does this for the default locale and a Swedish locale.

package test;

import java.util.Currency;
import java.util.Locale;

public class CurrencyTest {

	public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
		Locale defaultLocale = Locale.getDefault();

		Locale swedishLocale = new Locale("sv", "SE");

	public static void displayCurrencyInfoForLocale(Locale locale) {
		System.out.println("Locale: " + locale.getDisplayName());
		Currency currency = Currency.getInstance(locale);
		System.out.println("Currency Code: " + currency.getCurrencyCode());
		System.out.println("Symbol: " + currency.getSymbol());
		System.out.println("Default Fraction Digits: " + currency.getDefaultFractionDigits());

The output of CurrencyTest is shown below.

Locale: English (United States)
Currency Code: USD
Symbol: $
Default Fraction Digits: 2

Locale: Swedish (Sweden)
Currency Code: SEK
Symbol: SEK
Default Fraction Digits: 2