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Internet usage rate in South Korea 2000-2019

A governmental survey in 2019 found that the internet usage rate among South Koreans aged 3 years and older was at around 91.8 percent. Internet usage is defined as people who have used the internet within the previous month.

A connected society

More than eleven percent of surveyed internet users were using the internet for around 35 hours or more per week. The survey also found that around 91.2 percent of children aged between 3 and 9 years old were using the internet. The high status of the internet is hardly surprising in a society that has a reputation for being tech-savvy.

High availability, fast speeds

According to the government, South Korea had around 46.4 million internet users in 2019. The high number of internet users is a result of governmental regulations that caused a fast extension of the internet in the country. Another reason for the fast extension is that it was relatively easy to make the internet available for many citizens due to the high population density, especially in urban areas. Today, South Korea is known for having one of the fastest internet speeds around the globe, especially when it comes to mobile internet.

Internet usage rate in South Korea from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

April 2020


South Korea

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Number of respondents

25,000 households

Age group

3 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview, online survey

Supplementary notes

Since 2004, wireless Internet through mobile communication network has been included in the scope of Internet.
Also the definition of Internet users has been changed from 'those who use the Internet at least once a month on average' to 'those who have used the Internet at least once in the last 1 month'.
Since 2006, the sample eligibility has been expanded to the population aged 3 and over
(2000-2001 : population aged 7 and over, 2002-2005 : population aged 6 and over)

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