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Europe’s most crypto-obsessed countries




Slovenia is Europe’s most ‘crypto-obsessed’ country, new research has revealed.

The study by cryptocurrency experts analysed search volumes for popular cryptocurrency terms in each European country and measured this against the population to see which countries had the most crypto searches per 100,000 people.

It found that Slovenia is currently Europe’s most crypto-obsessed country. Based on searches from the past 12 months, there have been roughly 100,000 crypto-related searches each month. When this number is accounted for the population, there are an average of 4,789 crypto-related searches per 100,000 people, the highest of any European country.

Luxembourg comes in second place on the list. The Western Europe country sees around 17,000 crypto-related searches each month on average, which is a lot for a population of 645,397, meaning there are approximately 2,634 cryptocurrency searches per 100,000 people.


Coming in third place is the Netherlands, which sees around 2,608 cryptocurrency searches for every 100,000 people. This is due to an average of 452,000 monthly crypto searches for a population of 17,332,850. The Netherlands is one of the least crypto-friendly countries despite this interest, as it’s one of the few countries in the world to tax unrealized gains.

Finland takes fourth on the list, with around 135,000 crypto-related searches every month over the past year. When this is accounted for a population of 5,520,314, there are 2,446 crypto searches per 100,000 people.

Rounding out the top five is Turkey, which is the biggest country to feature in the top ten, with a population of 83,429,615. Due to this, there are a whopping 1,900,000 crypto-related searches each month, equal to around 2,277 crypto searches per 100,000 people.

# Country Population Average crypto searches per month Crypto searches per 100,000 people
1 Slovenia 2,087,946 100,000 4,789
2 Luxembourg 645,397 17,000 2,634
3 Netherlands 17,332,850 452,000 2,608
4 Finland 5,520,314 135,000 2,446
5 Turkey 83,429,615 1,900,000 2,277
6 Spain 47,076,781 907,000 1,927
7 Czech Republic 10,669,709 201,000 1,884
8 Estonia 1,331,824 25,000 1,877
9 Croatia 4,067,500 74,000 1,819
10 Cyprus 1,198,575 21,000 1,752


Commenting on the findings, a spokesperson from said, “While it may be surprising to see countries who have been coming down on cryptocurrency in the top ten, said legislation has likely caught coverage and sparked an interest in what crypto is as a whole. Cryptocurrency remains a new thing for many people, yet many have yet to learn about it. Therefore, any publicity, whether it be by legislation or general news, is bound to garner interest as seen by Google searches in this study.”



Legal Luminary Sarah Brennan Champions Pioneering Crypto Regulation Approaches




Sarah Brennan, an accomplished figure in corporate and securities law, serves as General Counsel at Delphi Ventures, focusing on investments in the Web3 space. With over 14 years of experience in securities law and a deep involvement in digital assets since 2017, Brennan also co-leads LeXpunK, a collective dedicated to establishing legal frameworks for decentralized digital communities.

In a candid interview with a prominent cryptocurrency news outlet, Brennan discussed various critical topics. She addressed the emergence of crypto super PACs, funded significantly by major firms like Ripple and Circle, to counter strict SEC regulations. Brennan viewed the SAB 121 bill, backed by the US administration, as potentially isolating the crypto community from broader financial integration.

While acknowledging the influence of centralized entities in advocating for crypto interests, Brennan cautioned against replicating traditional financial hierarchies within the crypto sphere, which contradicts its revolutionary ethos. She expressed concerns about monopolistic scenarios that could dominate the crypto landscape, exerting excessive control over essential industry components and traditional financial operations.

Regarding regulatory challenges, Brennan advocated for tailored regulations to manage systemic risks posed by large centralized crypto institutions. She criticized the current regulatory opacity and inconsistency, which she believes have fostered suboptimal business practices. Through LeXpunK, Brennan endeavors to pioneer experimental legal structures that could redefine regulatory compliance for token issuances, though reception from policymakers has been lukewarm.


Looking ahead, Brennan emphasizes the need for proactive regulatory approaches using antitrust measures to prevent crypto monopolies, promote decentralization, and target bad actors. However, she highlighted the persistent communication gap between crypto-literate legal advocates and hesitant regulators as a significant obstacle.

Brennan continues to drive forward her mission through new advocacy platforms aimed at shaping the future of cryptographic regulation, navigating complexities to ensure balanced and effective regulatory frameworks in the evolving crypto landscape.


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Italy Ramps Up Crypto Oversight in Line with MiCA




Italy is preparing to strengthen its oversight of cryptocurrency markets to align with the European Union’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulatory framework. This initiative, initially enacted in 2022, aims to impose stricter monitoring of digital asset markets, particularly targeting insider trading and market manipulation. Under the new decree, fines ranging from 5,000 to 5 million euros ($5,400 to $5.4 million) will be imposed based on the severity of violations, reinforcing compliance and market integrity.

For blockchain firms and decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, MiCA presents significant challenges. These entities must decide between fully decentralizing their networks or complying with MiCA’s Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. Fully decentralized networks are exempt from reporting requirements but risk non-compliance if they employ foundations or intermediaries moderating communities.

Centralized exchanges like Binance are adapting to MiCA by categorizing stablecoins as authorized or unauthorized, aligning with regulatory requirements without delisting these assets from spot markets. Uphold has similarly adjusted by delisting certain stablecoins for compliance purposes.

Despite regulatory pressures, experts are optimistic about stablecoins’ future. Figures like Jeremy Allaire, CEO of Circle, predict stablecoins could represent 10% of the money supply within a decade. They anticipate widespread adoption driven by benefits such as financial inclusion, lower remittance costs, and seamless cross-border commerce via public blockchains.


This regulatory framework underscores the transformative potential of stablecoins and blockchain technology within the global financial system.


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1inch Network Teams Up with Blockaid for Shield API




1inch Network has collaborated with Blockaid to introduce the 1inch Shield API, a pioneering advancement in Web3 security. This collaboration aims to enhance user protection within decentralized finance (DeFi) by bolstering defenses against fraudulent tokens. Blockaid, renowned for its expertise in Web3 security solutions, utilizes advanced data analytics and machine learning to swiftly identify and flag scam tokens, safeguarding users from potential financial risks.

The 1inch Shield API also addresses compliance with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations through continuous screenings of blockchain addresses. Powered by TRM Labs, this feature scrutinizes addresses for associations with sanctioned entities and illicit activities, preemptively restricting suspect addresses to prevent regulatory infractions.

Additionally, 1inch integrates Etherscan Pro’s blocklisting capabilities to proactively blacklist suspicious addresses, further fortifying its security measures.

This initiative marks a significant milestone in DeFi security, promising unparalleled levels of security and compliance. As 1inch continues to deploy this technology across its platform, it aims to provide developers and users with enhanced protection and confidence in navigating the Web3 landscape.



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