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Bitcoin Utopia? Interest Is Sky High in This Euro Nation

http://finance.yahoo.com / By Matt Clinch | CNBC – 4 hours ago

Interest in bitcoins has reached fever pitch around the world in the last month, helping the price soar to an all-time high earlier this week. 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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In proportion to population, Finland has the most members of Mensa in the world, a society for people with ultra-high IQs. The country also has a fairly young population with 12.2 percent of the 5.4 million population aged between 15 and 24 years old, according to Eurostat. The average for the 17 countries that share the euro is 11.1 percent.

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