Bitcoin’s public image may have taken a beating recently, with its price dramatically falling at the beginning of the year and the recurring coverage of the Silk Road trial dominating the headlines.
However, there is evidence to suggest that bitcoin’s popularity may be rising in the Czech Republic. Downloads of the free bitcoin-QT wallet in the country have soared in the last month, surpassing the US – the former world leader – and topping the downloads table with 777.
Martin Stránský, CEO of Prague-based bitcoin center wBTCb, attributed the rise in part to the country’s “strong community”, one that he said extends beyond what he called “the hardcore anarcho-capitalists, libertarians and hackers” usually associated with bitcoin.
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