Is El Salvador’s Bitcoin gamble paying off?
20 April 2022 | 12:27 pm
In September 2021, El Salvador became the first nation in the world to make bitcoin its official currency, along with the US dollar. The experiment in the small Central American country was considered groundbreaking by some and too risky by others. Seven months on, our regional correspondents take a look at how it has changed the lives of Salvadorians, for better or for worse.
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22 Mar 2017
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8 Jul 2017
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15 May 2018
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