Almost half of the country's retailers forecast that Sweden will completely stop handling physical cash before 2025. The Riksbank is currently piloting a digital currency known as e-krona. Could it be that the reduced fiat currency handling in the nation results in a rampant cryptocurrency market?
The central bank of Sweden has entered the world's first test of the issuance of their own central bank digital currency (CBDC). This means that the country has become part of those governments (over 15 countries) trying to issue their own CBDC.
Two mining firms operating in Sweden have purportedly relinquished their facilities in Norrbotten, a county in the far north of the country. One of the firms, a U.S. miner called NGDC, seems to have all of a sudden fled the county, leaving unpaid power bills of around $1.55 million in its wake, according to a report from Sverige Radio.
Nordea Bank is among the largest and most famous financial institutions in the Nordic nations. The Nordic nations include Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The financial team made news in January 2018. The bank put a ban on flagship digital currencies such as BTC, ETH and Litecoin.
SEB, one of the largest banks in Sweden, has announced its partnership with Ripple, a San Francisco based fintech company, in order to use Ripple’s blockchain technology solution as a basis for payment transactions.
These days, the banking industry is calling on their users to use digital banking payments instead of cash. According to research, some of the more economically developed countries, like Sweden and UK, will move to a cashless society by 2020. However, why are banks so eager to call on their customers to stop using cash?