Hei kaikille. Nimeni on JR
I'm a resident of Helsinki. I'm originally from the Philippines, and my wife, from China. Just like all of you here, we share a common passion about BitCoin.
Let me just share on this thread some Bitcoin news and trends in Asia. As of writing, there are now four Bitcoin companies in Manila, Philippines. One company, www.buybitcoin.ph is actually co-founded by Lasse Olesen (Danish) of bitcoinnordic.com
Aside from buying, selling, and mining, Bitcoin businesses in Asia are attempting to tap on remittances (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remittance). China and the Philippines are two of the top recipient of remittances in the world. Last year, in the Philippines alone, Filipinos based abroad sent remittances to their families back home in an amount of over $13.9 Billion. It's such a big business for banks and remittance centers like Western Union.
In Finland, there are about 2,500 Filipinos and 10,000 Chinese. while in the whole Nordic region there are about 30,000 Filipinos, and over 100,000 Chinese. I'm thinking that it could be a potential market for Bitcoin.
Here are some articles about the Bitcoin in the Philippines: