El Salvador plans to build a Bitcoin city at the base of a volcano, with the cryptocurrency used to fund the project, its president has announced.
The city will be circular to represent the shape of a large coin and will built in the south-eastern region of La Unión President Nayib Bukele saysa.
The site would take advantage of the Conchagua volcano’s geothermal energy to power Bitcoin mining, he added.
El Salvador recently became the first country to use Bitcoin as legal tender.
The move led to large-scale protests over fears the cryptocurrency would bring instability and inflation to the impoverished Latin American country.
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What is Bitcoin City?
Addressing a raucous crowd at a promotional Bitcoin event in the coastal town of Mizata late on Saturday Mr Bukele said the planned new city would include everything.
Residential areas commercial areas services museums entertainment bars restaurants airport port rail – everything devoted to Bitcoin the 40-year-old said.
The president who appeared on stage wearing a baseball cap backwards said that no income taxes would be in the city only value added tax .
He said that half of the revenue gained from this would be used to “to build up the city”, while the rest would be used to keep the streets “neat and clean”.
It is costly, difficult and takes up large amounts of energy.
Mr Bukele did not provide dates for construction or completion of the city, but said he estimated that much of the public infrastructure would cost around 300,000 Bitcoins.
One Bitcoin is currently trading at just under $60,000 (£45,000).
In September, El Salvador introduced the virtual currency as a legal tender, alongside by the US dollar.
At the time, the government released a new digital wallet app, giving away $30 (£22) in Bitcoin to every citizen.
It present the measure as a way to boost economic development and jobs El Salvador has been divide the move.
Bitcoin is a controversial currency in part because its value can fluctuate significantly it has risen and fallen dramatically over the past year.
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El Salvador plans to construct a “Bitcoin City” funded by the cryptocurrency, the country’s President Nayib Bukele announced Saturday.
The city will be built near Conchagua volcano in south eastern El Salvador and will have no taxes except from value-added tax, which is a levy on goods and services at each step along the supply chain. Construction will begin in 2022.
In addition, El Salvador plans to raise about $1 billion through a “Bitcoin Bond and The country plans to partner with Blockstream, a digital assets infrastructure company, to raise the funds, half of which will be used to buy bitcoin. The other half will go toward funding mining infrastructure, the government said.