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The top 20 countries on the Internet

The top 20 countries on the Internet, and what the future might bring

“Here are some standout facts and observations that give additional perspective to the Internet usage of the top countries on the Internet.

•There are a total of 1.8 billion Internet users in the world.
•There are 32 countries with more than 10 million Internet users.
•The top 10 countries on the Internet together have 1.17 billion Internet users. That’s 65% of all Internet users in the world.
•The top 20 countries on the Internet together have 1.47 billion Internet users. That’s just under 82% of all Internet users.
•India is the fourth largest country in terms of Internet users in spite of having an Internet penetration of a measly 6.9%. This thanks to its huge population.
•China takes the top spot both in terms of population and Internet users. China has almost twice (1.8x) as many Internet users as the United States.
•China together with the United States, the top two countries, make up half of the Internet users in the top 15.
•Out of the top 20 countries, the five with the highest Internet penetration (not users) are: United Kingdom (82.5%), South Korea (81.1%), Germany (79.1%), Japan (78.2%), United States (76.3%).”


Posted on: July 29, 2010, 12:00 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Steve: Do you consider “Internet World Stats” – the original publisher of these numbers about internet users worldwide – is a valid, authoritative, and reliable source of information?

  2. Can’t say for sure. I got to them through Royal Pingdom which is usually a very reliable link. The Internet World Stats site lists all of their sources for each region’s chart and they appear to be the good sources like Nielsen, Census, etc. Other than that, if you’re going to use them do some homework. Most of these worldwide stats are always filled with assumptions and differing collection techniques so trusting anything is totally ‘valid’ is not a good plan.

  3. I agree. Why should we believe, for instance, that Facebook has 500 million users worldwide?