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Volume of letter mail per capita in selected countries in 2015 and 2016

This statistic displays the average volume of letters received in 2015 and 2016 by people in sixteen countries across the world. People in the USA received far more letter mail in both of these years than people in other countries, nearly doubling the volume of letters received in second placed Sweden. The year 2016 saw a decrease in letter mail volumes in almost every country* recorded here, as people and businesses turn increasingly towards digital modes of communication.

Number of letters received in selected countries in 2015 and 2016, per capita

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Release date

December 2017



Survey time period

2015 to 2016

Supplementary notes

* No data given for 2015.

The source notes that the low figures in some countries, such as China, may be the result of post being sent by express courier services.

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