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Internet Access Stats in the World

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According to data published by Nielsen Online, The International Telecommunications Union and other reliable sources, approximately 3,366,261,156 people in the world were Internet users in November 2015.

This accounts for approximately 47% of the world's population and is an approximately 830% increase from the number of internet users in 2000.

Who is an Internet User?

Nielsen Online defines an active internet user as a person that has viewed the internet within the last 30 days.

Internet Penetration by Continent (Nov. 2015)

Internet Penetration by Country

 

A few notes from the chart above

  1. Not surprisingly there is a high correlation between countries with high GDP per capita, PPP(purchasing power parity) and the percentage of its population that use the internet.
  2. Scandinavian countries and Canada have the highest percentage of their population that use the internet while most African countries have the lowest percentage of their population that are internet users.
  3. Argentina and Kenya have the highest percentage of their population that are internet users in South America and Africa respectively.

Internet Users & GDP per capita, PPP

Not surprisingly, there is a high correlation between countries with high GDP per capita, PPP (purchasing power parity) and the percentage of its population that uses the internet.

Countries with the Highest Population of Non-internet Users (Nov. 2015)

Country Population with No Internet Access
India 876,695,584
China 687,512,535
Indonesia 182,993,674
Pakistan 167,045,410
Bangladesh 115,016,745
Ethiopia 94,797,423
Brazil 92,883,138
Nigeria 88,862,132
Congo D.R. 75,730,202
Philippines 62,481,070
Mexico 61,086,655
Myanmar 55,137,482
Russia 54,993,525
Vietnam 47,048,835
Thailand 44,259,437
Turkey 43,870,423
Tanzania 42,048,344
United States 41,688,784

A few notes from the data above:

  1. There are more than 40 million Americans that are not internet users. This is more people than the population of 200 countries on Earth.
  2. There are more non-internet users in India than China, even though China is the most populous country in the world and has more than 100 million more citizens than India.

Data Sources: CIA Factbook and Internet World Stats

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