Cardano Around The World

Cardano Pool Relay Distribution (Source: https://adatools.io/)

As of epoch 245, there are 1,646 active Cardano (ADA) stake pools around the world. The live stake of ADA sits at 22.24 billion — 69.8% of the circulating ADA. This is staked by 163,930 delegators. Cardano is the most decentralized network in the world (source: adapools.org).

Let’s travel around the world! We will cover each continent from east to west; providing a snapshot of some worthy ADA stake pools along the way.

AUSTRALIA & OCEANIA

Australia 🇦🇺

[AOAUS] ADA Ocean Australia
Australian Owned and Operated Cardano Pool
Pool’s website: https://adaocean.com.au
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/5b9a5633289c52003d359bce18f77f571a701fd3942a52bde3262558

The ADA Ocean Australia stake pool has servers in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. ADA Ocean Australia is also the developer of ADATools.io, a “multi Cardano toolkit that brings most of the common features that the Cardano community uses into one location”. This stake pool currently has a 1% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 6.34M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 188

[SAND] Sandstone
Reliable low-fee staking
Pool’s website: https://www.sandstone.io/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/40183423c226189d508db4b21bf94b790cf4d096134a9afbc2bd5318

The Sandstone stake pool appears to have two relays. Their main website is very minimalist. It states: “We make blocks. That’s it. That’s what we do.” All I can say for certain about this stake pool is that it is based in Australia and that it currently has a 2% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 11.18M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 196

New Zealand 🇳🇿

[ANZ] Australia New Zealand Pool
10 percent of profits will go to developing the Cardano ecosystem in New Zealand and Australia. We’re committed to being your safe and reliable ADA staking partner based in the ANZ region. Operated from New Zealand.
Pool’s website: https://anzpool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/a5612b0dcde1dee0eb73932ceb529d9523fab23e1544ee7d3db7aacc

The Australia New Zealand Pool is operated out of New Zealand by a group of engineers and scientists. Their main website specifically states that they are located “in Auckland between Jacinda Ardern’s house and Lorde’s house”. This stake pool has its main server in Auckland, but operates cloud relays in Sydney, London, and Tokyo. For now this stake pool has only about 616,840 ADA with a 0% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA. According to their main website, the margin will increase to 1% at the 5M ADA mark, and to 2% once the pool has over 10M ADA.

Note: The last rewards for this staking was epoch 241 (3 epochs ago). Hopefully with more delegated ADA this pool will receive more rewards soon.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 0.62M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 12

ASIA

Japan 🇯🇵

[TSS] Tokyo Samurai Staking
皆様に安心してこのステークプールをご利用いただけるよう努めております。100%日本語でサポートいたしますので、不安なことなどあればいつでもご連絡下さいませ。
Pool’s website: https://tokyosamuraistaking.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/bdadf198bdc79d4f37c5dcd9ed0cdf402bdc2299c3ae4c87d688a6fe

This stake pool is based in Japan. They use Microsoft Azure-based infrastructure and have private and public relays in Japan, Netherlands, France and the USA. Their main website is by default in Japanese, but you can select a number of languages (including English) to view it. This stake pool has a 2% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: October 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 15.56M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 46

South Korea 🇰🇷

[DEAD] [DEAD]POOL
What the sh*t? That’s the coolest name ever! Mother of 2~Trustworthy, host of ADA Angels, Transparent, Reliable, and 24/7 uptime~ We put Maximum Effort investing in the community and our family’s future~
Pool’s website: https://jalzpool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/59d12b7a426724961607014aacea1e584f3ebc1196948f42a10893bc

With a name like that this pool has gotta be Great! This is a family-ran stake pool based in South Korea. The operator of this pool has dedicated their entire ADA holdings to the pool. Talk about skin in the game! This stake pool has a 3% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 11.91M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 188

The Philippines 🇵🇭

[PHRCK] Staking Rocks!
Highly reliable, low fee stake pool based in BGC, Manila, Philippines.
Pool’s website: https://staking.rocks/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/0cc4e441026e975f1cf048fcd3489c86424014dd34c244e268cb8095

This stake pool is based in The Philippines. It is ran by a group of IT professionals using servers around the world. Other than running the stake pool, PHRCK also provides delegator support via a Telegram group, as well as useful videos and articles for their delegators. This stake pool has a 0.95% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 5.93M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 81

EUROPE

Germany 🇩🇪

[ZEIT] Zeitgeist Cardano Pool
Made in Germany
Pool’s website: https://zeitgeistpool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/cb0e97271899d0378b028f08183d6fde0794e3502d1d2c6bb96c668c

The Zeitgeist Cardano Pool is operated by three guys from Germany who have backgrounds in economics, marketing and digital informatics. They run this stake pool on two relays and one core node. The relays are in Germany and in the USA. This stake pool has a 0.90% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: November 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 4.17M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 16

Ireland 🇮🇪

[PAUL] Cardano With Paul
Official CardanoWithPaul Stake Pool. 🇮🇪 Irish owned secure and reliable cloud native stake pool.
Pool’s website: https://www.cardanowithpaul.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/86a19d5418cd07294af7d71386cf14a84e0478fbfde5b89fe4d98a58

Cardano With Paul is an Irish owned stake pool. The stake pool has a very active YouTube, Twitter and Telegram presence. For security the block maker node sits behind 3 relays. This stake pool has a 3% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: November 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 9.58M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 18

Sweden 🇸🇪

[THOR] THOR — The Viking Pool
Run by Vikings under Old Norse Law; Respect, Integrity, Accountability, Bravery.
Pool’s website: https://www.thevikingpool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/40d04c1367c25e6da2521f906f71bbb07858dc1d2209025364369173

The Viking Pool is operated by a experienced team from Sweden. The main architect has “over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, with previous involvement in the development of a GPU mining center, staking nodes, and decentralized development projects”. This stake pool has a 2.5% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 1.13M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 27

Switzerland 🇨🇭

[MIMO] Minimal Input Maximal Output
Swiss Quality — MIMO is a highly performant and resilient stake pool for the Cardano network. Get started with MIMO for consistent staking rewards backed by reliable and secure infrastructure — TRUSTED, SAFE & PERFORMANT
Pool’s website: https://www.mimopool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/70938e87c9133725dd9ca79e05edcf064d6e6085900a52dd15559c79

The Minimal Input Maximal Output stake pool is the newest stake pool on this list — registered in January 2021. MIMO Cardano is an active community that is worth checking out. They are creating an alliance between the strongest Stake Pool owners from Switzerland, to make the most out of our products for the Community. This stake pool currently has a 1% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: January 2021
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 0.48M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 0 (just started)

AFRICA

Ghana 🇬🇭

[SMILE] SMILES ON AFRICA
An African Charitable Stakepool that aims to provide health insurance to children.
Pool’s website: https://smilespool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/cf635c0a032bc98d453b65512aaf2b0f9b0f62b2b865a6011523aaf7

The Smiles on Africa stake pool is based in Ghana. It is an African charitable stake pool that intends to provide health insurance to children between the ages of 5–18years (in Ghana and Nigeria). This stake pool has yet to see any rewards. Hopefully this may change in the future. The current live stake (as of epoch 245) is only 338,690 ADA. This stake pool has a 1% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: December 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 0.338M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 0

Nigeria 🇳🇬

[POA] Proof of Africa — Enabling Web3 in Africa
We enable Web3 in Africa thanks to our reliable stakepool.
Pool’s website: https://poapool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/683e89fa1bcde139504b11fbfd914f8ebe9b8db2678b3da0abdcb2f1

The Proof of Africa stake pool is located in Nigeria. They exists to move the blockchain space forward in Africa. Their goal is to completely re-think Africa through a blockchain perspective. Their mission is funded exclusively through their on-chain activities such as this ADA stake pool. This stake pool has a 5% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 8.75M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 100

NORTH AMERICA

Canada 🇨🇦

[POLAR] Cardano Canada
Canadian run stake pool dedicated to facilitating the adoption of decentralized technologies.
Pool’s website: https://cardanocanada.org/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/0d8fb11358f653adc406c1508d27f9c1741c4eb06b75bef6d676489a

Cardano Canada has a firm belief that blockchain technology has the power to change the world and intends to be a part of the transition. You can follow their Twitter at https://twitter.com/cardanocanada

This stake pool has a 1% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: December 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 1.46M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 9

United States of America 🇺🇸

[SILVR] Silver City
Silver City! Advance your digital wealth and support decentralization. Offering secure performance and low margin fees.
Pool’s website: https://www.silvercitystaking.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/0000066c3b2b15f7aece355a112ef141e9fe84d2e2152d4398986e40

This stake pool is based in Meriden, Connecticut. Their Blockchain Node is protected behind multiple relays which increase network connectivity while enabling redundancy for transaction validation propagation. This stake pool has a 1.75% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 17.75M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 61

[USA01] United Stakes of Cardano
High Pledge | Competitive Fees | Official Pool of Your Cardano Update
Pool’s website: https://unitedstakesofcardano.io/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/3dc5218de6bf5a29ad6203d9da31b7128c414872e53b8f09767764d4

This stake pool, based in Washington, D.C., is operated by a highly experienced team. Other than stake pool operations, United Stakes of Cardano also offer Smart Contract and Dapp consulting, as well as a Cardano newscast. This stake pool has a 2.39% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: July 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 9.12M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 126

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina/Brazil 🇦🇷/🇧🇷

[APOLO] Apolo Stake Pool
Argentina and Brasil based stake pool — Growing the Cardano ecosystem in South America
Pool’s website: https://apolostakepool.com/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/c6074d596a4d1629304bfd92715ec1677aeb378e4932723616d575f1

This stake pool is based in South America. Their main website appears to still be under construction as the “About Me” page states — “We are working to give you the best quality content, you will soon be able to learn more about this great process. Anyway, do not hesitate to contact us at the bottom of the home page with any questions and we will answer you as soon as possible.”

However, this stake pool has already managed to make 10 blocks since August 2020. This stake pool has a 2% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: August 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 1.32M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 10

Brazil 🇧🇷

[BRADA] BRADA POOL
Stake pool run by Cardano Ambassador, Gean Brinker
Pool’s website: https://twitter.com/BradaPool / https://www.instagram.com/bradapool/
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/7095ee942c6aa5d594f08fa9f377b2f00c4abe96dd58209e2e9d18b7

This stake pool is based in Brazil. It appears to have an active Twitter and Instagram presence. This stake pool has a 0% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: July 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 14.92M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 155

Chile 🇨🇱

[CHIL] Chile_Stake_po
Safe delegation of your Ada / Delega seguro tu Ada
Pool’s website: https://www.facebook.com/Chilestakepo/ / https://twitter.com/ChileStakepo
adapools.org page:
https://adapools.org/pool/7e7eb329d995759d2b9fdb85b8d0c9e3fa2e57c460641c8fc875e780

This stake pool is based in Chile. It appears to be active on Facebook and Twitter. This stake pool has a 2.9% margin on top of the fixed cost of 340 ADA.

Registered: July 2020
Current live stake (as per epoch 245): 15.37M ADA
Lifetime blocks: 40

ANTARCTICA

One day…

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