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Internet usage in Finland - statistics & facts

Finland is one the world’s most connected countries, with 96 percent of households having access to broadband internet. Since 2010, broadband internet access has been considered a legal right of all citizens and businesses. High-speed connections are also available in remote rural areas, and the number of 5G networks is quickly growing. Correspondingly, the number of internet users has steadily increased, especially among older age groups. It is estimated that the internet penetration rate will reach nearly 98 percent by 2024.

When it comes to mobile internet, Finns rank first in terms of mobile data usage not only among the Nordic countries but also worldwide. All the three major mobile operators (Elisa, DNA, and Telia) offer only unlimited data plans. As of 2019, there were nearly 8.6 million mobile subscriptions, out of which 6.87 million were monthly plans with limitless data transfer. As mobile data usage is unrestricted, Finnish operators focus on providing plans with faster maximum connection speed. Almost half of all mobile data subscriptions allowed a connection speed of 100 to 299 Mbps in 2020. Based on survey results from 2020, most Finns would be fine having mobile internet as their only internet connection. That year, a smartphone was most commonly used for accessing the internet, and up to 98 percent of people aged 16 to 34 years had used mobile internet within the past three months.

Finns use the internet most often for communication, consuming media, running everyday errands, entertainment, as well as shopping. According to survey data, 87 percent of people in Finland had used email and online banking services in 2020. Another 76 percent of people had used mobile instant messaging that year, while among people aged 16 to 44 years this figure was roughly 95 percent. Nowadays, an increasing number of various devices and systems are also controlled via the internet. Furthermore, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused an exceptional increase in the use of online technology and most social media platforms. During the COVID-19 outbreak in spring 2020, daily WhatsApp and Instagram usage increased the most, while some other platforms, such as Facebook, internet forums, blogs, and LinkedIn were used less often.

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