Internet penetration rate in the Nordic countries 2018

Norway was the Nordic country with largest internet penetration rate in 2018. 99 percent of Norwegians had internet access that year, followed by Danes, then Finns and Swedes. All the above-mentioned countries had an internet penetration rate of higher than 90 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 2019. United Arab Emirates, Iceland, Norway, Qatar, Bermuda, Andorra and Aruba all had 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 the Nordic countries in 2018

Penetration rate
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Release date

June 2018


Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden

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Supplementary notes

*The number of respondents was as follows:
Denmark n= 2,025,
Norway n=2,027,
Sweden n=1,016,
Finland n=1,012

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