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Internet usage in the Nordics - Statistics & Facts

Countries in the Nordic region rank among some of the leading countries by internet penetration rate. As of July 2021, Denmark was the first ranked country worldwide, with an internet penetration of 99 percent. The share of Norwegian households with internet access was increasing annually until 2020 when there was a slight drop. The corresponding figures for other Nordic countries have followed a similar trend and as of 2020, all of them had an internet penetration rate of 94 percent or higher.

Connecting to the internet

The term “broadband internet” is used for a type of access that is always on and faster than the traditional dial-up access. Nordic countries had a high broadband penetration rate as well. More than half of Norway had broadband coverage of 1000/1000 Mbit/s as of 2020. Mobile broadband subscriptions were close to 1.5 million in Sweden in 2020, following the trend in decreases in recent years. Fixed-line broadband xDSL internet has also decreased in terms of penetration rate in recent years in Sweden.

Online activities

What activities is the internet most commonly used for? In Norway over 90 percent of survey respondents went online to access emails and online banking. Among other popular online activities and services are e-commerce, booking accommodation, making appointments, as well as entertainment. Selling goods over the internet is becoming more and more popular among Finns.

In-depth insights

For more data on internet use in the Nordics, check out our dossiers on internet use in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark.

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