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Helsinki Unveils Europe's First Bitcoin ATM | Zero Hedge

Helsinki Unveils Europe's First Bitcoin ATM | Zero Hedge | Finland | Scoop.it

While Canada has had Bitcoin ATMs for over a month, bringing the virtual currency closer to mainstream acceptance; Bittiraha.fi reports that at one of the busiest spots in Helsinki, the Finns have opened the first permanent Bitcoin ATM installation in Europe. With the Chinese shunning the crypto-currency for now but the Swiss inching towards a broader acceptance, the appearance of ATMs (like this one at a well-known Finnish record store in the Helsinki railway station) will only serve to stoke the public interest.

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Why Finland Leads World in Bitcoin Search Traffic

Why Finland Leads World in Bitcoin Search Traffic | Finland | Scoop.it
Interest in bitcoins has reached fever pitch around the world in the last month. But there's one euro zone country that's firmly tuned into the zeitgeist more so than even the U.S. or Japan.

 

According to Google Trends, Finland is the country with the most number of Google searches for the word "bitcoin" in the past 12 months.

"Finland has a very strong geek culture and tradition, DIY-culture and can-do attitude. Many digital innovations, like IRC (Internet Relay Chat), Linux and SSH (Communications Security Corporation) are developed in Finland," Vesa Linja-aho, an engineering and economics lecturer at a Helsinki university told CNBC.com.

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