Most common languages used on the internet 2017

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

Most common languages used on the internet 2017 The statistic shows the most common languages on the internet, by share of internet users. As of December 2017, English was the most popular language online, representing 25.4 percent of worldwide internet users. Chinese was ranked second with a 19.3 percent share. The top ten languages accounted for 77.2 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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Most common languages used on the internet as of December 2017, by share of internet users

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Percentage of internet users
English25.4%
Chinese19.3%
Spanish8.1%
Arabic5.3%
Portuguese4.1%
Indonesian / Malaysian4.1%
French3.2%
Japanese2.9%
Russian2.6%
German2.2%
Rest of languages22.8%
Percentage of internet users
English25.4%
Chinese19.3%
Spanish8.1%
Arabic5.3%
Portuguese4.1%
Indonesian / Malaysian4.1%
French3.2%
Japanese2.9%
Russian2.6%
German2.2%
Rest of languages22.8%
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The statistic shows the most common languages on the internet, by share of internet users. As of December 2017, English was the most popular language online, representing 25.4 percent of worldwide internet users. Chinese was ranked second with a 19.3 percent share. The top ten languages accounted for 77.2 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
August 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
as of December 2017
Special properties
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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