Australia is more bullish on cryptocurrencies than most other countries around the world, according to a survey published by comparison site Finder on Sunday.
The survey, based on the site’s Cryptocurrency Adoption Index, measures the growth of crypto globally through a regular survey of over 41,600 individuals across 22 countries.
Finder’s survey found Australia has the third-highest rate of crypto ownership at 17.8%, beating out countries such as Indonesia (16.7%) and the city of Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China (15.8%).
The global average is around 11.4%, according to Finder’s results.
“Australian’s love to gamble,” Fred Schebesta, CEO of Finder, told CoinDesk via Signal on Monday. “They are also super savvy in terms of finance … the laws around crypto make it super smooth to buy and sell.”
Of the nearly 1 in 5 adults in Australia who own some form of crypto, Finder found bitcoin is the most popular coin for with 65.2% of Australian’s owning the world’s largest crypto, the fifth-highest percentage of all 22 countries surveyed.
Ethereum, meanwhile, is the second most popular coin within the island nation with a share of 42.1% while cardano’s share comes in third at 26.4%.
Two other cryptos Australian crypto owners currently hold are dogecoin and binance coin which stand at 23% and 14.6% respectively, according to Finder’s results.
“Banking in Australia is really smooth and super easy to withdraw and deposit,” Schebesta added. “Other countries have a lot more laws and challenges around getting your money in and out [of crypto].”
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