The Dutch city of Arnhem — known as Bitcoinstad or “Bitcoin City” — has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most Bitcoin-friendly places with the highest density of Bitcoin merchants in the world. Its recent addition of Burger King as its 100th merchant underscores the local community’s incessant efforts to not only fully accommodate Bitcoin users, but also help other places such as Ghent (Belgium) replicate their success.
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Btcoin.com spoke in depth with the co-founder of the Bitcoin City Arnhem project, Patrick van der Meijde, about its merchant milestone, future plans, and whether the municipality is better positioned to weather another global financial storm in comparison to other places that solely rely on the traditional financial system.
Arnhem: Bitcoin City
Bitcoin.com (BC): First, congratulations on your 100th merchant. Why did Burger King decide to accept bitcoin payments now?
Patrick van der Meijde (PM): This Burger King has recently switched from owner and the new owner (a franchisee, who does not live in Arnhem) heard about our Bitcoin project from a family