The number of internet users in Germany has been rising in the last decade. So far in 2021, over 66.6 million were counted. Compared to 49 million in 2010, 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 2020, this share was at 80 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 in Germany from 1997 to 2021
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, 2019: n=2,000. 2020: n=3,003.
* 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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ARD, & ZDF. (November 9, 2021). Number of internet users in Germany from 1997 to 2021 (in millions) [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved May 27, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/380522/number-of-internet-users-germany/
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ARD, ZDF. (2021). Number of internet users in Germany from 1997 to 2021 (in millions). Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: May 27, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/380522/number-of-internet-users-germany/
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