According to Coin.dance with LocalBitcoins data, Sweden ranked in 12th place on world’s volume of Bitcoin trading in 2018.
But is this good news for Sweden? US$ 68 million doesn’t seem bad for a country with only 10 million people. Being already a cashless society, bitcoin (or crypto in general) falls a bit short on Swede’s pockets.
I asked Totte Löfström, CEO of the Swedish cryptocurrency exchange Trijo, what was his take on the LocalBitcoins data, here is what he said:
“It is of course really positive that Swedes are investing in crypto, but I think that the numbers might be a bit off. The biggest problem with them is that Local Bitcoins is the only data source. We haven’t had a real crypto exchange here in Sweden (Trijo will be the first), which means that we might be over represented in using Local Bitcoins. The over representation could also be linked to the fact that Local Bitcoins is a Finnish company and that Swedes are more likely to become customers.
Another problem is that Local Bitcoins has a fairly low trading volume compared to the big real-time exchanges that are operating around the world. Since the start 2012, Local Bitcoins have had a total trading volume of about $6.32 billion, which could be compared to Bitfinex which has had a trading volume of $1.45 billion the last 30 days. As much as I would love Sweden to rank high on such lists, I have to admit that we are probably not one of the biggest bitcoin nations today”.Totte Löfström, CEO of the Swedish cryptocurrency exchange Trijo
Totte also told me that Trijo made a quite advanced analysis of the Swedish market (in order to get to know their potential customers better), and found that Sweden stands out when it comes to what percentage of the population has owned a cryptocurrency at some point in time. For Sweden, it’s around 1% of the population, but for Norway – they are co-operating with a Norwegian company that makes crypto surveys on a regular basis – the number is about 4%.