Bitcoin Becomes Commodity in Finland

Bitcoin Becomes Commodity in Finland After Failing Currency Test


“Considering the definition of an official currency as set out in law, it’s not that. It’s also not a payment instrument, because the law stipulates that a payment instrument must have an issuer responsible for its operation,” Paeivi Heikkinen, head of oversight at the Bank of Finland in Helsinki, said in a Jan. 16 phone interview. “At this stage it’s more comparable to a commodity.”

5 comments on “Bitcoin Becomes Commodity in Finland
  1. Max Power says:

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  2. Andy Perry says:

    How can you tell which countries will or will not decide that Bitcoin is a currency? It’s relatively simple. All countries that have a comparatively strong state, by which I mean a state that regards itself as having some obligation to the society at large, will tend to reject Bitcoin as a currency. We can see this in Politburo run China and the Germanic Social Democracies like Norway and Finland. On the other hand, in societies where government is not seen as having any obligation to the society at large, the developing world and in particular, the ANGLO SAXON economies, we can expect to see adoption of demcoratised Currencies like Bitcoin.
    Basically the rule is that any country that can be said to abide by the maxim:
    ‘There is no such thing as society there is just a collection of: individuals/corporations/families/tribes’etc (underline where applicable)
    is a country that will endorse Bitcoin as a currency.

  3. Aspadistra at Ashdown Forest says:

    All countries that have a comparatively strong state, by which I mean a state that regards itself as having some obligation to the society at large, will tend to reject Bitcoin as a currency.

    The “STRONG vs Weak” State argument is not perfect, but it does describe the current situation in Winter 2014.

    As per the Anglo-Saxon countries, this does not account for Wales and Scotland — nor Quebec nor how the NZL Maori feel about BitCoin. India is left out of the equation completely.

    The broad variation in the English speaking nations must be accounted for and there will be different outcomes.

  4. Andy Perry says:

    @Aspadistra at Ashdown Forest
    Interesting examples you mention
    You have in
    Wales and Scotland- indigenous British with a developed conception of society and Anglo Saxons with ‘no society’

    The Quebecois-French colonist with a European conception of society and Saxons (rest of Canada)without one
    Maori-developed conception of society and Saxons 9rest of NZ) without one

    These are territories that as a whole do not tend to have a strong sense of one unified society- for eg. watch what happens in the Scotland independence vote!

    As for India….

  5. josh says:

    i am a bitcoin owner and supporter but i tend to agree with the commodity argument.nuntil we have easier convertibility and more stable prices, bitcoin really isn’t a currency. my fear is that countries will outlaw convertibility.

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