Iceland Tops The World In Per Capita Internet Use - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Tops The World In Per Capita Internet Use

Published January 29, 2016

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Iceland has come out ahead of the rest of the world in terms of the percentage of its population who have access to the internet.

According to a new report from We Are Social, which compiled data on internet usage and access from around the world, Iceland has the largest percentage of people who are connected to the internet: 98%, to be exact. However, Iceland has not soared ahead of the pack: Bermuda and Norway, who were in second and third place respectively, came in at 97% and 96%. All other countries in the top ten ranked about 90% access as well.

(Source: wearesocial.com)

(Source: wearesocial.com)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, North Korea was in last place when it comes to internet access. Only just over 7,000 reportedly had access to the internet – no small feat in a country without an internet service provider. This led We Are Social to draw the conclusion that “our understanding is that this internet user figure is derived from the number of Facebook users accessing the platform from North Korea, almost all of whom will be foreign nationals accessing via mobile devices.”

Many African countries are also severely limited in their access to the internet. In fact, only 29% of Africans as a whole can even get online.

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