Which Countries Have the Most Internet Users?

by visualcapitalist

Which Countries Have the Most Internet Users?

When it comes to internet users, some countries have more than others. But a country’s online population doesn’t necessarily reflect its overall connectivity.

To give some perspective, here’s a look at the top nine countries with the highest number of internet users, alongside their internet penetration rates (which is the number of internet users divided by a country’s overall population):

Country Internet Users (2020 Q1) Internet penetration
🇨🇳 China 854,000,000 59%
🇮🇳 India 560,000,000 41%
🇺🇸 United States 313,322,868 95%
🇮🇩 Indonesia 171,260,000 62%
🇧🇷 Brazil 149,057,635 70%
🇳🇬 Nigeria 126,078,999 61%
🇯🇵 Japan 118,626,672 94%
🇷🇺 Russia 116,353,942 79%
🇧🇩 Bangladesh 94,199,000 57%

Based on the table above and this data, it’s clear that some countries, while boasting a high number of internet users, have a long way to go before reaching full connectivity.

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Take China, for instance—while the country has the highest number of internet users worldwide, it also has millions of unconnected citizens, making its overall internet penetration relatively low at 59%.

Similarly, India has a massive online community, yet its internet penetration sits at 41%. To give some context, the United States has a 95% internet penetration rate—clearly, the two largest online markets hold a ton of untapped potential compared to others across the globe.

Growth Throughout the Decades

Another way to identify emerging online markets is to look at a country’s internet growth over the years.

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While internet adoption has seen an overall increase across the board, a few countries have seen astonishing growth—here’s a look at the top five countries with the largest increases this century:

Country Internet Growth from 2000-2020
🇧🇩 Bangladesh 94,199 %
🇳🇬 Nigeria 63,000 %
🇻🇳 Vietnam 34,250 %
🇮🇷 Iran 27,040 %
🇮🇳 India 11,200 %

No, that isn’t a typo. Bangladesh has seen a 94,199% growth in internet users over the last two decades. And yet, despite this colossal increase, its internet penetration still sits at 57%.

It’ll be interesting to see how these figures change over the next few decades. What will the world’s digital landscape look like in 2050? We’ll have to wait and see.