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June 02, 2011, 03:15:36 PM
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Source: http://www.google.com/trends?q=bitcoin&ctab=0&geo=all&date=mtd&sort=0

Russia and China I can understand.  But the U.S. is #7.

Any ideas?  Perhaps someone here from somewhere in the northern Europe who can enlighten us?
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June 02, 2011, 03:23:30 PM
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Sweden is in front with technology here in Scandinavia. not a surprise for me.
but Finland i have difficult to understand.

hell sweden came with the pirate bay, they have been in front since the '90.

im a danish. i live in Danmark, and has knowledge about this.

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June 02, 2011, 03:26:44 PM
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Finland is where Linux and IRC came from Cheesy


Nordic lands (germany sorta included) as whole, is where Demoscene came from.


If taxes were not absurd on those countries, I would promptly move there.

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June 02, 2011, 03:27:33 PM
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Barter > High taxes

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June 02, 2011, 03:28:03 PM
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There has been a lot of talk about Bitcoin in the Swedish blogosphere, much due to Rick Falkvinge (founder of the Swedish Pirate Party) proclaiming that he has invested all his savings in bitcoins. (At least that's how I found out about it.) See this link (in English): http://falkvinge.net/2011/05/29/why-im-putting-all-my-savings-into-bitcoin/

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June 02, 2011, 03:29:00 PM
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But my profession is programmer, and my possible second profession is teaching or having a blog about geopolitics and history... (yep, those two have everything to do with each other XD), barter is not something I can do easily.

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June 02, 2011, 03:46:12 PM
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Must be some news focus we have missed?

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June 02, 2011, 03:48:14 PM
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Scandinavian socialism.
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June 02, 2011, 03:52:40 PM
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There has been a lot of talk about Bitcoin in the Swedish blogosphere, much due to Rick Falkvinge (founder of the Swedish Pirate Party) proclaiming that he has invested all his savings in bitcoins. (At least that's how I found out about it.) See this link (in English): http://falkvinge.net/2011/05/29/why-im-putting-all-my-savings-into-bitcoin/
he is swedish, but he mostly(only) writes in english, and is a representant for the pirate party in EU. he is known all around EU, it might be why.

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June 02, 2011, 03:53:55 PM
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How I can see more countries on that list?
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June 02, 2011, 03:54:20 PM
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Can this partly be due to Chinese and other internet sensitive countries going through http://www.mullvad.net or similar VPN services?

Plus Mullvad accepts bitcoin as a payment Smiley



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June 02, 2011, 04:29:22 PM
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With internet restrictions as they are over China if  Bitcoin grows maybe they will be left behind and their inminent lead as #1 world power will delay a few years.
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June 02, 2011, 04:31:37 PM
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Can this partly be due to Chinese and other internet sensitive countries going through http://www.mullvad.net or similar VPN services?

Plus Mullvad accepts bitcoin as a payment Smiley

I don't think this is an explanation, because the above mentioned statistic gather search results, not actual use of bitcoins, or direct access to bitcoin related sites.

I think that everyone everywhere can search and learn about bitcoins risk-free, and only would have to go through a VPN to actually buy/sell BTC.

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June 05, 2011, 12:57:36 PM
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Sweden is full of early adopters in a high tax country with long winters and high technological knowledge. Bitcoin offers some of the freedom and excitement that we need.

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June 05, 2011, 01:29:49 PM
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I love your side-name thing  Grin

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June 05, 2011, 01:36:22 PM
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Sweden have always been on the front when it comes to technology.
Some ISPs in Sweden can provide 1 Gbit/s Internet to regular people... 10-100 mbit/s is standard.
I wish I lived there. Sad
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June 05, 2011, 04:01:29 PM
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sweden isn't a big surprise really. I guess the news is spreading there quickly.

What I'm waiting for is for the giants in Asia to wake up and smell the bitcoins. Looking at China and India specifically.
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June 05, 2011, 04:23:06 PM
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sweden isn't a big surprise really. I guess the news is spreading there quickly.

What I'm waiting for is for the giants in Asia to wake up and smell the bitcoins. Looking at China and India specifically.

there are some fairly draconian laws in china about the use of any kind of cryptography.  it's hard to say how they'd react to the use of the essentially unbreakable crypto in Bitcoin - but poorly, i would think.

china might be the first serious test of a Bitcoin v/s a major government scenario.  the reg'lar folks in china... they sure do like their money...
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July 01, 2011, 01:34:04 PM
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there are some fairly draconian laws in china about the use of any kind of cryptography.  it's hard to say how they'd react to the use of the essentially unbreakable crypto in Bitcoin - but poorly, i would think.

china might be the first serious test of a Bitcoin v/s a major government scenario.  the reg'lar folks in china... they sure do like their money...

I totally agree, @Jaime Frontero.  The Chinese people have a very high savings right (~50%, IIRC?) and I imagine they would love to save their money outside of walls of the Communist Party.
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July 01, 2011, 01:38:46 PM
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Tor nodes?
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