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The World uses 9 times more Bitcoin and Crypto than in 2020

Chainalysis reported an 880% increase in the global adoption rate of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies between 2020 and 2021.

Crypto legal status across the world
The World uses nine times more Bitcoin and Crypto than in 2020

In Short

  • Growth, viewed since 2019, skyrocketed by 2,300%.

  • In emerging markets such as Latin America, P2P Bitcoin trading stands out.

Bitcoin and crypto adoption has jumped again so far in 2021. According to research firm Chainalysis, cryptocurrency use has increased by 881% since 2020.

"Our data shows that residents of more and more countries around the world are diving into cryptocurrencies or seeing an increase in existing adoption," Chainalysis notes in the excerpt from its geographic report on crypto. The report, in its full version, will be published next September.

The firm based its data on the study of three-point indicators in a total of 154 countries. The analysis generates an index ranging from 0 to 1, based on the value transferred in general and retail trade and exchange volumes on P2P exchanges.

The sum of the indexes of all the countries analyzed generated a score of 24 at the close of 2021 Q2. The previous year, it hovered around 2.5 overall, while in 2019, it was just above 1. Since that time, the increase in the global adoption rate is 2,300%, the research highlights.

Global Crypto Adoption Index
Global Crypto Adoption Index. Adoption growth since 2019 Q3. Source: Chainalysis.

Analysts point out that the reasons for this growth are most varied depending on the particular cases of each country.

In emerging markets, many turn to cryptocurrency to preserve savings against currency devaluation, send and receive remittances and conduct trade transactions. At the same time, institutional investors were the driver behind the adoption increase in North America, Western Europe, and East Asia over the past year. Chainalysis.

P2P commerce: The emerging markets driver.

While the general reasons vary, Chainalysis notes a common driver for bitcoin and cryptocurrency usage in emerging markets. The research highlights the appearance in the top nations such as Vietnam (leader of the ranking), Kenya, Nigeria, and Venezuela. The South American country moved from third to seventh between 2020 and 2021, although its citizens continue to find new use cases for cryptocurrencies.

Size or transfers by Crypto platform
Size or transfers by Crypto platform

The analysis exposes that in these nations, P2P trading stands out the most. Citizens use these marketplaces "as their primary avenue for accessing cryptocurrencies, often because they do not have access to centralized exchanges," Chainalysis says, citing interviewees from each country.

Many emerging markets face significant currency devaluation, leading residents to buy cryptocurrencies on P2P platforms to preserve their savings. Chainalysis.

In contrast to the rise of emerging markets, the new Chainalysis ranking highlights the decline of Russia, China, and the United States compared to last year. To a large extent, this could be due to restrictive and regulatory developments in these countries against bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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