Share of population using the internet in Russia 2000-2018

In 2018, nearly 81 percent of the Russian population aged between 15 to 75 years accessed the internet. Hence, the internet penetration marked a 29 percent growth since 2009 and 4.85 percentage point increment compared to the previous year’s figure.  

Internet usage in Russia

    In 2019, Russians spent over seven hours surfing the internet on a daily basis, which was nearly an hour longer than the daily average measured in 2018. Mobile devices were the most employed gadgets for going online in 2019, with smartphones being significantly more popular than the rest of such appliances. The most active smartphone users for such purposes in Russia was the young population aged between 12 and 24 years, as of February 2019.

Global overview

    The estimated number of internet users worldwide for 2019 was measured at over 4.1 billion. Of them, the highest share of households with internet access was recorded in Europe, in the same year. Germany was the leader among European countries by the number of internet users, with over 79 million of its residents having access to it as of July 2019.

Internet penetration rate in Russia from 2000 to 2018*

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Release date

December 2019



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The source specified the following information:
2009: population aged less than 74 years.
2010: population aged 16 to 74 years.
2013: population aged 15 to 72 years.
2014: population aged 15 to 72 years who used the internet in the last 12 months.
2015-2017: population aged 15 to 72 years who used the internet in the last three months.

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