The digitization of money is a global story, but how it plays out varies from country to country. Some have developed domestic payment technology to replace their paper adorned with royalty and dead presidents. In other places, past memories of financial trauma and lasting habits of carrying physical money make cash enduringly popular.
The following charts show a world in the midst of a transformation. We looked at 37 countries and determined how much cash is in circulation, as well as how much of it is being used. The TLDR: Electronic payment methods are booming, but as the data show, cash isn’t going down without a fight—especially in parts of the world where economic growth is both recent and fast.