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Sweden and Greece are two completely different European countries. If the former is still quite prosperous and stable economy, the second is actually an occupied country that is under external control. Despite the fact that they are on different economic poles, they have one thing in common. Authorities and Sweden, and Greece are equally intense struggle with cash. Methods of this struggle are different, but one goal – to completely eradicate cash from daily circulation.
Sweden can be seen as a sort of European break ground for a fully cashless payment schemes. Many years ago she had to act as a similar polygon. In 1661, the Dutch founded in Sweden by the Stockholm Bank, which was the first in Europe began to issue paper money. Only took three years, the Bank went bankrupt, and its founder and owner was put in prison. Many people, including ordinary Swedes might not know, and those who even knew who successfully forgot. Although it is in vain. Now all currencies in the world are paper and unsecured, and the Swedes decided to withdraw even from their paper form, making them completely cashless.
the Organizer of this process was the oldest of the European Central Bank – the Bank of Sweden. Now for each transaction conducted by the customers, banks received an opportunity to charge a Commission, and the Central Bank and the state to track and monitor each transaction. Total control of banks as financial spies bankrupt governments at all life men in full revelry Swedish democracy and universal approval from the population. And not only control. In addition they can decide what can and what can not buy a person. Earned person means actually cease to be his property, which he or she is free to dispose of at discretion, and become the property of the Bank in which they are stored. The person remains entitled to receive them (still, but, it seems that this will end pretty quickly), but the decision on whether to allow him or her to exercise this right, it remains behind the Bank.
the population of Sweden completely forgets that non-cash payments in the current form can only exist as long as the situation in the country and the world relatively stable, the computers are working, there is a connection, and more important there is electricity, all this to feed. And since we live in a fragile world, any problems with electricity supply mean only one thing: the end of any calculations and the loss of access by the population to available funds.
In Greece the situation is somewhat different. In June, Greek banks suddenly announced the introduction of restrictions on cash withdrawals. Cash immediately became quite a rare commodity. Unlike the Swedes, the Greeks, even before the introduction of restrictions actively zapisavshaya in cash, began to improvise and find ways of bypassing the restrictions imposed. Have any alternative system of evaluation, for example, the Athens time Bank, in which the unit of calculation is the time spent on the provision of certain services. However, because they all have certain disadvantages, and their distribution is limited, an increasingly common phenomenon becomes a barter exchange. When people are not able to use the money, even paper, they begin to look for other ways for the calculations.
unlike the "progressive" Swedes "retarded" the Greeks were much more persistent in its opposition to attempts total financial control authorities. And although Western power have many advantages in their struggle with the population, the example of the Greeks shows that not all is lost in this unequal struggle between the government and society for and against a complete rejection of cash as the last frontier of financial independence of citizens.