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I'd love to know if there are.

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I strongly doubt any state institution is doing such a thing. –  Lohoris Jan 13 '13 at 16:14
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Can you clarify your definition of "institutions"? –  Colin Dean Jan 13 '13 at 17:49
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Can you also clarify what you mean by "backing", given that Bitcoin is decentralised? –  Highly Irregular Jan 14 '13 at 0:25
    
@HighlyIrregular well, "backing" could mean "they accept vel give Bitcoins as payments" –  Lohoris Jan 16 '13 at 12:54

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Very short answer is simply no. Generally governments ignore bitcoin for now.

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No major banks are "backing" Bitcoin. Some have been hostile towards Bitcoin, while some have remained neutral.

Reference: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=264679.0

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