Denmark’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) today issued an official statement on the use of virtual currency in the country – and surprisingly, it’s not all bad news.
The statement highlights that virtual currency isn't covered by Denmark’s existing regulatory framework. Thus, cryptocurrencies cannot be subjected to the country's standard financial regulation.
According to the FSA, doing business with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies does not qualify as issuance of electronic money, currency exchanges, brokerages or deposit services. The regulator stated:
It added that: “Virtual currencies have emerged in many different forms, first in the context of online gaming and social networks. Later, virtual currencies evolved to be used as an alternative to real currency.”
As a result, bitcoin entrepreneurs who want to build businesses and establish exchanges in the country will not need government approval. A translation from the FSA’s website reads:
The EBA has also warned that there is no assurance that virtual currencies can be exchanged for national currencies, adding that trading virtual currencies carries implications for both tax and crime.
The FSA also added that bitcoin is accepted as payment by an increasing number of businesses both online and offline.
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This article was co-authored by Grace Caffyn and Nermin Hajdarbegovic
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