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

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Percentage of internet users
English25.5%
Chinese20.4%
Spanish7.9%
Arabic4.6%
Indonesian / Malaysian4.1%
Portuguese4.1%
Japanese3.2%
Russian2.8%
French2.7%
German2.2%
Other22.5%
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The statistic shows the most common languages on the internet, by share of internet users. As of March 2017, English was the most popular language online, representing 25.5 percent of worldwide internet users. Chinese was ranked second with a 22.2 percent share. The top ten languages accounted for 77.5 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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