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Internet penetration rate in the Nordic countries 2020

Norway and Denmark were the two Nordic country with largest internet penetration rate in 2020. 98 percent of Norwegians and Danes had internet access that year, followed by Swedes, and then Finns. All the above-mentioned countries had an internet penetration rate of higher than 94 percent that year. Despite not being mentioned in the report, Iceland, alongside Norway, was among the leading countries worldwide, by internet penetration rate, as of January 2020. Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Bahrin all had a penetration rate amounting to 99 percent.  

Devices with internet access

   Norwegians were, furthermore, the Nordic citizens with the highest number of internet devices per household in 2018. An average Norwegian household seemed to have roughly eight devices with internet access that year, whereas Danish households ranked last within the Nordic region, with fewer than seven devices.  

Number of worldwide users

   There were approximately one hundred million internet users in Northern Europe in the beginning of 2019, which was in fact, not a high number, compared to other parts of the world. East Asia had the most internet users, amounting to around one billion individuals. There were over 800 million users in Southern Asia, whereas the region with the fewest internet users was Middle Africa – with 20 million internet users.

Internet penetration rate in selected Nordic countries in 2020

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June 2020


Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

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Supplementary notes

*The number of respondents was as follows:
Denmark n= 2,061,
Norway n=2,010,
Sweden n=2,091,
Finland n=2,050

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