What Google and Mr. Burns have got in common

They’re both old fashioned.

I discovered this when receiving my first Google Adsense check from Google’s bank in Germany. This sort of intra-EU payment might have been “cutting edge” a century ago. Nowadays it’s just odd and annoying, because I have to leave the office during the very restricted opening hours of my bank to cash the check, which costs me €15 in fees (or about a week of Adsense revenue). Someone at Google should look up Regulation (EC) No 2560/2001.

It’s not just Luxembourg, though, it appears Google doesn’t like smaller Eurozone countries and Greece (bad vacation experiences, maybe?):

StatePopulationBank transfer
Malta404,962No
Luxembourg476,200No
Cyprus766,400No
Slovenia2,013,597No
Ireland4,239,848Yes
Finland5,289,128Yes
Slovakia5,389,180Yes
Austria8,316,487Yes
Portugal10,599,095Yes
Belgium10,666,866Yes
Greece11,125,179No
Netherlands16,471,968Yes
Spain45,116,894Yes
Italy59,131,287Yes
France63,392,140Yes
Germany82,314,906Yes

Population data from Wikipedia

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