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List of top 100 countries by number of Internet users

Over the last two decades, the numbers of global Internet users have skyrocketed. If this was a measure of economic performance, then it would be possible for all countries to be said have made significant developments over the same time. In fact, some countries, such as Nigeria and Bangladesh, have seen an increase in internet users as big as 40,000%! Although the use of Internet has been accompanied, in many cases, with developments in ICT and other economic sectors, there are significant populations remaining under the poverty line in countries where Internet use has become widespread.

Which Country Has the Most Internet Users?

  • China
    China has the highest number of internet users in the world, with over 746 million users. China has a population of over one billion, and a vast internet network that has been expanded in recent years. Chinese internet users have nearly doubled in numbers over the past decade. The strongest increase has been among mobile internet users, who access the internet on smart phones, which is very popular in China.
  • India
    India has the world's second highest number of internet users, with 391 million users connected. In India, the majority of internet users are found in the urban areas, as there is less access in the rural areas of the country. Like China, the primary link between the population and the internet is mobile smart phones.
  • United States
    There are roughly 245 million internet users in the United States, representing nearly 80% of the entire population. The United States was the birthplace of the internet, and has one of the highest percentages of internet users in the world today. The majority of internet access in the United States is made through broadband internet connections.
  • Brazil
    Internet users in Brazil number 123 million, making the country the world's fourth most connected. Brazil does not only rank highly when it comes to number of internet users - Brazilians are also among the nationalities who spend the most time surfing the internet. One of the reasons behind the popularity of the internet in Brazil is the popularity of social media sites such as Facebook.
  • Japan
    Japan ranks fifth in terms of internet usage, with approximately 117 internet users. Japan was an early adopted of the internet. High speed internet has been available in the country since the early 2000s, and in the 1990s Japan was even the birthplace of the world's first mobile Internet service, called iMode. 

 

The Future of Global Internet 

Every year, the amount of people using the internet to share data increases. This is a trend that is only expected to increase. While these increases bring with them increased opportunities for people living in rural or impoverished, experts also worry that with the increased access comes increased concerns about privacy and cybercrimes.

 

Why is data so important?

At the heart of the internet is data – massive amounts of it. Volumes of data are growing at a rate of 40% per year and will increase 50 times by 2020. A measure of the speed of growth is the estimate from Singapore-based Aureus Analytics that 90% of all data in the world was created in the last two years.

As mobile usage goes up, so do personal data volumes. Over half (51%) of all internet users worldwide are in Asia: China has 1.3 billion mobile subscriptions out of a population of 1.36 billion, while India has 0.91 billion mobile subscriptions out of a 1.25 billion population.

But the amount of industrial data is growing even faster. Today Gartner estimates there are about 4.9 billion connected devices covering products from cars, homes, appliances and industrial equipment. This will reach 25 billion by 2020, driven by initiatives that introduce smart meters and more efficient street lighting.

 

List of top 100 countries by number of Internet users
Rank Flag Countries Internet Users (in millions)
1 china China 746,662,194
2 India 391,292,635
3 United States United States 245,436,423
4 Brazil Brazil 123,927,230
5 Japan Japan 117,528,631
6 Russia Russia 110,003,284
7 Mexico Mexico 75,937,568
8 Germany Germany 73,436,503
9 Indonesia Indonesia 66,244,991
10 Bangladesh Bangladesh 62,576,660
11 Philippines Philippines 57,342,723
12 France France 55,413,854
13 Nigeria Nigeria 47,743,541
14 South Korea South Korea 47,094,267
15 Turkey Turkey 46,395,500
16 United Kingdom United Kingdom 46,391,410
17 Iran Iran 42,731,675
18 Egypt Egypt 37,519,531
19 Spain Spain 37,337,607
20 Italy Italy 36,442,438
21 Thailand Thailand 32,710,169
22 Canada Canada 32,602,776
23 Argentina Argentina 30,758,972
24 South Africa South Africa 30,248,355
25 Pakistan Pakistan 29,965,859
26 Vietnam Vietnam 29,964,618
27 Colombia Colombia 28,287,098
28 Poland Poland 28,018,492
29 Malaysia Malaysia 24,572,446
30 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia 23,803,319
31 Ukraine Ukraine 23,321,390
32 Australia Australia 21,288,648
33 Morocco Morocco 20,555,783
34 Venezuela Venezuela 18,940,907
35 Taiwan Taiwan 18,786,473
36 Algeria Algeria 17,440,299
37 Ethiopia Ethiopia 15,739,371
38 Netherlands Netherlands 15,358,245
39 Uzbekistan Uzbekistan 14,713,955
40 Peru Peru 14,444,387
41 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 13,814,581
42 Myanmar Myanmar 13,258,325
43 Kenya Kenya 12,600,007
44 Chile Chile 11,822,229
45 Romania Romania 11,767,959
46 Sudan Sudan 11,082,072
47 Belgium Belgium 9,827,270
48 Ghana Ghana 9,779,273
49 Uganda Uganda 9,077,567
50 Sweden Sweden 9,002,326
51 Ecuador Ecuador 8,857,767
52 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 8,398,268
53 Czech Republics Czech Republic 8,115,252
54 Iraq Iraq 7,898,106
55 Hungary Hungary 7,730,451
56 Greece Greece 7,726,829
57 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 7,605,244
58 Switzerland Switzerland 7,511,995
59 Austria Austria 7,346,074
60 Portugal Portugal 7,303,699
61 Tanzania Tanzania 7,224,386
62 Yemen Yemen 6,780,200
63 Belarus Belarus 6,741,258
64 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 6,665,916
65 Israel Israel 6,535,440
66 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 6,530,903
67 Hong Kong Hong Kong 6,375,381
68 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 6,286,527
69 Serbia Serbia 5,914,748
70 Jordan Jordan 5,890,965
71 Syria Syria 5,873,785
72 Cameroon Cameroon 5,859,797
73 Tunisia Tunisia 5,801,972
74 Guatemala Guatemala 5,722,610
75 Nepal Nepal 5,706,708
76 Denmark Denmark 5,538,800
77 Norway Norway 5,112,817
78 Mozambique Mozambique 5,050,924
79 Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo 4,889,515
80 Finland Finland 4,826,246
81 Lebanon Lebanon 4,571,675
82 Singapore Singapore 4,554,189
83 Cuba Cuba 4,449,238
84 Slovakia Slovakia 4,381,507
85 Bolivia Bolivia 4,322,489
86 Bulgaria Bulgaria 4,266,773
87 Zambia Zambia 4,232,464
88 New Zealand New Zealand 4,123,439
89 Cambodia Cambodia 4,030,438
90 Senegal Senegal 3,954,620
91 Ireland Ireland 3,883,418
92 Angola Angola 3,745,750
93 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 3,733,964
94 Afghanistan Afghanistan 3,673,539
95 Paraguay Paraguay 3,453,445
96 Costa Rica Costa Rica 3,207,258
97 Kuwait Kuwait 3,176,010
98 Oman Oman 3,089,369
99 Croatia Croatia 3,063,044
100 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 2,946,059

 

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