Smartphone user penetration in Sweden 2011-2017

More and more Swedes had access to a smartphone at home between 2011 and 2018. In fact, approximately 90 percent of the respondents to the survey in 2018 reported to be smartphone users. By comparison, in 2011, only 27 percent of the Swedes stated it. Smartphones were, furthermore, a popular device to use the internet on in Sweden in 2018, especially among younger respondents. Swedes of ages between 16 and 25 who used the internet daily via smartphones amounted at 97 percent that year.

Important phone features

What do Nordic citizens consider important when owning a phone? As of 2018, the leading phone feature appeared to be quality and coverage of network for voice calls. Second most common service that year was quality and coverage of network when accessing the internet or data services.

Swedish smartphone owners on a global scale

Sweden ranked fourth among selected countries worldwide, by smartphone ownership rate in 2018. It was preceded by South Korea, Israel and the Netherlands and was followed by Australia, the United States and Spain. During the evaluated period, 86 percent of Swedes used a smartphone, while 12 percent used a mobile phone which was not a smartphone.

Share of individuals who had access to a smartphone at home in Sweden from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

October 2018



Survey time period

2011 to 2018

Number of respondents

3,057 respondents

Age group

12 years and older

Method of interview

Online interview

Supplementary notes

Survey type is online and telephone survey.

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