President Bukele announces that El Salvador will buy one Bitcoin a day!

By Eddie Galdamez  | Updated on Nov 17th, 2022
El Salvador Bitcoins
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President Nayib Bukele announced Wednesday night, November 16, that El Salvador will buy one bitcoin every day starting tomorrow (November 17). The cryptocurrency faces its lowest prices in two years. “We are buying one Bitcoin every day starting tomorrow,” wrote the president on his Twitter account.

As of June 39th, 2022, El Salvador owns 2,381 Bitcoins. El Salvador has invested about $103,233,360.00 on Bitcoin purchases; the average price of each Bitcoin is $43,357. The last Bitcoin Purchase was on June 30th; President Nayib Bukele announced on his Twitter account: “El Salvador bought today 80 Bitcoin at $19,000 each!” Wrote President Bukele.

El Salvador Bitcoins
Bitcoins Cost per Bitcoin Total Invested
June 30, 2022 80 $19,000 $1,520,000.00
May 9, 2022 500 $30,744 $15,372,000
Jan 21, 2022 410 $36,585 $15,000,000
Dec 21, 2021 21 $49,220 $1,033,620
Dec 3, 2021 150 $48,670 $7,300,500
Nov 26, 2021 100 $54,815 $5,481,500
Oct 27, 2021 420 $60,622 $25,461,240
Sept 19, 2021 150 $42,843 $6,426,450
Sept 7, 2021 150 $46,091 $6,913,650
Sept 6, 2021 400 $46,811 $18,724,400
Totals 2381 $43,357 $103,233,360

The price per Bitcoin unit listed in the above table is estimated based on the cost per unit on the day purchased. As of today, El Salvador Government has not made public the details of each purchase transaction. If the Salvadoran Government has not sold any of its Bitcoin holdings, the country’s investment in the crypto coins is down as of June 30th 2022.

El Salvador Bitcoin effect.

Even though making Bitcoin a legal tender has caused problems between the Salvadoran Government and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, Bitcoin is producing some beneficial results thus far.

The Salvadoran tourism industry has benefited immensely from the Bitcoin implementation. According to the head of the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR), Morena Valdez, “More tourists and investors have come to see how the cryptocurrency works in El Salvador.”

Also, in February 2022, the Chivo Pets Veterinary Hospital opened in El Salvador. This animal care facility is the first government-owned pet hospital in the country.

Bitcoin Future in El Salvador

Although converting Bitcoin into legal tender was met with strong criticism from the International Monetary Fund and other international entities, El Salvador’s economy has continued to grow.

The Salvadoran GDP grew by more than 10% in 2021. It is the first time in the country’s history that double-digit GDP growth has been recorded.

Furthermore, in the first quarter of 2022, the Salvadoran economy grew by 2.4%. The country’s GDP is expected to reach 2.6% by the end of the year.

Despite economists and the IMF asking El Salvador to reverse its position on the cryptocurrency. President Bukele and his administration have made it clear that Bitcoin will continue to be a legal tender in El Salvador.