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Small But Mighty: Countries Making Impact in the Blockchain Space

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The Blockchain technology has been fashioned into many industries. The technology has outgrown its first intended use case, cryptocurrency and is now being employed in diverse industries. While some countries are regulating the technology, some other countries are interested in big data and recording and management costs that the blockchain reduces. Well, we will be looking at some countries with really small economies that are adopting and utilizing the blockchain technology and cryptocurrency in different sectors.
Malta
Malta offers a friendly jurisdiction for cryptocurrencies. The country is currently regulation free and is home to Binance Headquarters. The cryptocurrency exchange had earlier in the year announced it was moving its headquarters to Malta from Hong Kong due to strict regulations. The island country is located in the Mediterranean Sea near Italy.  Unlike other countries, Malta has established itself as the number 1 spot for crypto trading. Malta is writing laws that would be relevant in a future economy. The country now legally recognizes smart contracts and DAOs. The Island proposed the creation of the Malta Digital Innovation Authority (MDIA) earlier this year.
The MDIA would help to advance the utilisation of digital ledger technology and its design and uses in the country.

Georgia
Georgia is the world’s third largest miner of cryptocurrencies. The small country located on the eastern side of Turkey is home to one of the largest mining companies in the world. About 5% of households in the country are involved in cryptocurrency mining or investments. With a total population of about four million,  the country of Georgia has minimal regulations over cryptocurrency. Asides that, the country has affordable electricity with hydropower. This has attracted many miners although majority of the cryptocurrency mining in Georgia comes from the US-based tech company Bitfury. The company has a data center near the edge of the country’s capital Tbilisi.
Cyprus
Cyprus is also an island country located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey. The small country is the home to The University of Nicosia, this was one of the first schools to offer courses in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. With programmes such as a Masters of Science in Digital Currency.
Liechtenstein
Liechtenstein, a small country sitting between Switzerland and Austria is also involved in the blockchain technology. The country is making it easy for cryptocurrency businesses to flourish. Starting a cryptocurrency business in Liechtenstein is easy, you do not need a bank account. Rather than using fiat, the registration process can be done using Bitcoin (BTC) or
Ethereum (ETH). The founder of Aeternity blockchain, Yanislav Malahov claims that he founded the company with 50,000 Swiss francs worth of ETH.

Thailand
Thailand is gradually integrating the blockchain into its industries. From the country’s postal service which announced last year that it will be using the blockchain to track packages to its electrical sector. The country’s Electronic Transaction Act 2001 was amended to include the support and use of blockchain-powered smart contracts. The financial sector was not left out as Kasikornbank launched a “completely paperless” Letter of Guarantee network in conjunction with IBM Blockchain last year. By March this year, 14 Thai banks have joined forces to create the Thailand Blockchain Community Initiative, which will be built on the LINUX Hyperledger platform.
Estonia
Estonia is a blockchain hub famous for its e-Residency program. A large number of ICO’s and blockchain related companies choose Estonia to launch their projects due to the regulatory environment and technologically advanced infrastructure. Although it seems the country is planning on launching a national cryptocurrency.
 



 
 

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