Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has caused its fair share of headaches and riches for people across the globe, might soon have a friendly place to call home.
The Bailiwick of Jersey, an island just off the coast of Normandy, France, wants to become a leader in promoting a Bitcoin economy, Treasury Minister Senator Philip Ozouf told BBC in an report published on Monday.
Jersey, a British Crown dependency with its own self-regulating parliamentary democracy, has established its own organization, called bit.coin.je, designed to promote the idea of welcoming the digital currency to its shores.
The digital currency, which has its own economy and is trading at approximately $585 per bitcoin as of this writing, is slowly gaining mainstream acceptance. It's being accepted at more shops and bars, andcontinue to pop up around the world. Earlier in June, travel booking site , and just last week, Apple , allowing virtual-currency focused apps to return to its App Store.
Despite these gains, Bitcoin still has its fair share of detractors. The currency was flying high last year until the Japan-based Mt. Gox exchange was hacked and. Bitcoin is designed not to be traced -- making it the currency of choice for the now . The lack of regulation, as well as its potential use for money laundering and other illegal activities, has spurred some US .
Governments around the world are trying to figure out how they should work the digital currency. The Chinese government allows consumers to trade in Bitcoin, but banks are banned from the practice.
Jersey sees itself in a different light, according to the BBC. The area wants to become "Bitcoin Isle," and it's inching closer to allowing Bitcoin transactions at national banks. Lawmakers in Jersey see a not-so-distant future in which employees will get paid in Bitcoins, Robbie Andrews with bit.coin.je told the BBC, and transactions across the country will include Bitcoin.
Jersey believes that investing in Bitcoin could help it become an economic powerhouse. Since so many countries around the world are dragging their feet on the currency, Jersey wants to welcome Bitcoin with open arms and attract both businesses and consumers.