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Bitcoin Grabs Dutch Fancy as Bankers Mull New Technology

The Netherlands, birthplace of the world’s first stock exchange and the pioneering Dutch East India Company, is now home to banks with an unusually open mind about bitcoin.

While big banks in China and the U.S. are reluctant to do business with ventures focused on virtual currency, Dutch banks are embracing them as potential customers. National regulators aren’t cracking down as they are in other nations and major bitcoin startups are setting up shop in Amsterdam.