Most common languages used on the internet as of June 2017, by share of internet users

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Percentage of internet users
English25.3%
Chinese19.8%
Spanish8%
Arabic4.8%
Portuguese4.1%
Indonesian / Malaysian4.1%
Japanese3%
Russian2.8%
French2.8%
German2.2%
Other23.1%

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The statistic shows the most common languages on the internet, by share of internet users. As of June 2017, English was the most popular language online, representing 25.3 percent of worldwide internet users. Chinese was ranked second with a 19.8 percent share. The top ten languages accounted for 76.9 percent of global internet users. The large share of Chinese-language content is due to the fact that China is by far the country with the most internet users worldwide. As of March 2017, 731 million online users in China accessed the internet. India ranks second with over 462 million internet users.
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Release date
November 2017
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
as of June 2017
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Internet users who speak the respective language
Supplementary notes
The source assigned only one language per person in order to have all the language totals add up to the total world population (zero-sum approach). No adjustments have been made for infants or illiteracy in the Internet penetration rate calculations.

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