Rising value in Turkey: Cryptocurrencies

Recent studies have revealed that the rate of people who trade with cryptocurrencies in Turkey has increased 11 times in a year. While there are 40 cryptocurrency exchanges operating in Turkey, the total transaction volume was recorded as 28 billion liras.

The findings of the "Cryptocurrency Awareness and Perception Research-2021" conducted by Akademetre Research Company on behalf of Paribu revealed important data on the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

According to the research, while the rate of those who traded with cryptocurrency was 0.7 percent last year, the result reached 7.72 percent this year, increasing 11 times.

While 2 out of 10 people who traded cryptocurrencies were women last year, this year it has increased to 4 out of 10 people.


64 percent of cryptocurrency users in Turkey "buy-sell transactions". The rate of those who trade cryptocurrencies for investment doubled in one year and was recorded as 50.3 percent.

Bitcoin is one of the most preferred cryptocurrencies by users. 7 out of 10 people in Turkey make transactions with Bitcoin. It was seen that 2 out of 10 people trade with Ethereum and 1 out of 10 people trade with XRP. On the other hand, in the research, it was stated that 1 out of every 5 people who heard about cryptocurrencies wanted to use cryptocurrencies.

Fan tokens are also attracting great attention in Turkey. Finally, approximately 268.5 million TL was obtained from the pre-sales of the tokens issued by Fenerbahçe.


In the report prepared by the Central Bank of Turkey on cryptocurrencies, it was noted that the number of domestic and foreign cryptocurrency platforms in Turkey is 40. In addition, it was stated that as of May 6, 2021, a transaction volume of 28 billion lira was realized in trading platforms of Turkish origin.

“24/7 access, ease of transaction, no limits and low transaction fee make these assets attractive” the report said. In the report, it was stated that the daily deposit and withdrawal limit on most platforms is 1 million lira, and the monthly deposit and withdrawal limit is 5 million lira.


Just before the 30 April-27 May period, when the research was conducted, some cryptocurrency platforms suffered grievances in Turkey and the answers were given under the influence of this agenda.

It can be said that the agenda also had an impact on the rate of those who gave the answer "I trust" or "I trust very much" to crypto money, which decreased from 34.2 to 25.3 percent in one year.

On the other hand, although there is no legal obstacle in front of making cryptocurrency transactions in Turkey, 1 out of every 4 people thinks it is "illegal".


Şakir Ercan Gül, Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance, stated that the work on the cryptocurrency law has been completed and will be presented to the parliament in October.

The bill, which aims to improve the protection of investors, prevention of money laundering and oversight of crypto trading, also defined various crypto assets. The bill includes rules that must be followed by those who issue, distribute, trade, and custodians of cryptocurrencies.


Other remarkable findings in the research on cryptocurrencies in Turkey are as follows:

- 4 out of 5 people (80.2 percent) have never heard of blockchain technology.

- 1 out of every 10 people (11 percent) who hear about cryptocurrency makes transactions with them.

- According to 3 out of 10 people (28.7 percent), the cryptocurrency market is profitable.

- The most important advantages are that there are no time and place restrictions in cryptocurrency transactions (77.2 percent and 75.2 percent).

- The top cryptocurrency traders are university graduates (49 percent).

- The most common reason for stopping trading with cryptocurrencies is that it requires strict monitoring (9.3 percent).