Salvador has emerged as a major player in the world of Bitcoin, ranking second in a recent study that analyzed the interest of countries in cryptocurrency. The report by Crypto Betting found that El Salvador scored a respectable 46.19 out of 100, putting it ahead of countries like Vietnam, Nigeria, India, and Venezuela. However, it was still trailing behind the United States, which ranked first with a score of 54.95.
The study used Google Analytics and the number of Bitcoin ATMs in each country to gauge interest in the subject. El Salvador's high rank is notable given the criticism President Nayib Bukele has drawn for his push for Bitcoin adoption. While the country passed the Bitcoin Law in 2021, making it legal tender, polls suggest that many Salvadorans are sceptical of the move.
Despite this, Bukele has remained committed to his vision of a Bitcoin-powered future for El Salvador, including the construction of Bitcoin City, a new metropolis powered by geothermal energy. The project will be funded by the issuance of Volcano Bonds, which have yet to be released by the government.
The study's findings suggest that there is still significant interest in the crypto issue in El Salvador, even if the population is not entirely sold on the idea. While some may view the country's embrace of Bitcoin as a risky move, others see it as an opportunity to innovate and create a more resilient economy.
As the world continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ever-changing global financial landscape, it remains to be seen whether El Salvador's Bitcoin experiment will pay off. However, one thing is clear: the country is not afraid to take risks and explore new ideas, even if they are controversial. Whether this bold approach will lead to success or failure remains to be seen, but it is sure to be a fascinating journey either way.