There are now 195 countries in the world, and 89 of them have at least one ethereum node, while 97 countries have a bitcoin node.
The Unites States dominates for both in the number of nodes, with China following for ethereum while for bitcoin, quite interestingly, Germany still runs almost as many nodes as USA.
South East Asia then takes many of the top positions for ethereum, with very curiously Netherlands being above say the United Kingdom.
Amsterdam was once the centre of the world due to kind of being at the centre of northern Europe if you account for Scandinavia and the British isles.
Nowadays it’s far behind London or New York, but perhaps not in ethereum nodes.
Also interesting is the number of unknown nodes. If that was a country, it would run as 14th according to ethernodes data.
For bitcoin the picture isn’t too different, although the rankings are a bit more as you’d expect them:
Europe as a whole dominates by far for bitcoin nodes, with Germany and France in combination running more than USA or any other country.
Here too Netherland ranks highly, with bitcoin nodes now running as far as Suriname and Reunion, both of which you’d think are words rather than countries.
Iran has three bitcoin nodes, just as much as Saudi Arabia and a bit more than Venezuela’s 2. Israel is at just 13 despite quite a few bitcoin businesses and devs there.
Ukrain has a lot, 98, but a bit less than South Korea at 126. We can’t spot North Korea.
Interestingly Bulgaria has more than Poland. Cheap labour and very high literacy rates with a focus on maths, in addition to very, very low wages, has the potential to make the entire western balkan region a coding hotspot for outsourcing.
Quite surprisingly, Indonesia has only one node. That country has played a key role in establishing bitcoin sharia compliance with its economy standing at some $3.5 trillion. Yet it sounds like bitcoin hasn’t quite reached there.
It’s not too clear whether the above can be taken as a somewhat more objective indication of tech prowess at a country level, especially now that it is being done sort of for the first time and thus it is unlikely anyone bothered to fiddle the numbers, but for bitcoin the rankings are what you’d expect.
More importantly, since bitcoin nodes are so dispersed and everywhere across the globe, the network is very robust and outside national jurisdictions at the protocol level.
On the other hand, almost half of the countries in the world are not visible. They’re the ones you’d expect, with much human potential not being utilized even as the challenges we face become more and more complex.