Number of internet users in Germany 1997-2019

The number of internet users in Germany, using the internet at least occasionally, has been rising in the last decade. So far in 2019 almost 63 million were counted. Compared to 43.5 million in 2009, this is a significant development.

Age groups and gender

Regarding the share of internet users in Germany by age group, in recent years a more or less even distribution could be observed between those aged 14-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years and 50-59 years. Meanwhile, when broken down by gender, just a few years ago there were more male internet users in Germany than female, but after 2016 this changed. Women are gradually eclipsing men in terms of internet usage.

Mobile internet and usage by state

With the rise and widespread use of mobile devices, plus increasing Wifi coverage in various areas, it’s no wonder that the share of German mobile internet users is growing as well. As of 2018, this share was at 68 percent. Internet usage rates were generally high in all German Federal states, especially in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein in the north, and Baden-Wuerttemberg in the south.

Number of internet users who use the internet at least occasionally in Germany from 1997 to 2019

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

1997 to 2019

Number of respondents

n=2.000 (2019)

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

Used at least occasionally

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

Number of respondents differed slightly from year to year.
Base until 2009: German speakers 14 years and older in Germany.
(1997: n=15.431, 1998: n=9.673, 1999: n=5.661, 2000: n=3.514, 2001: n=2.520, 2002: n=2.293, 2003: n=1.955, 2004: n=1.810, 2005: n=1.857, 2006: n=1.820, 2007: n=1.822, 2008: n=1.802, 2009: n=1.806),
Base from 2010: German speaking population 14 years and older.
(2010: n=1.804, 2011: n=1.800, 2012: n=1.800, 2013: n=1.800, 2014: n=1.814, 2015: n=1.800, 2016: n=1.508, 2017: n=2.017, 2018: n=2,009.

* As of 2017, internet usage has been recorded differently: As a calculated value out of 15 internet activities; prior to this: the following blanket question was posed "Internet used".

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