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Top 10 Internet World Users by Language

By Gina M. Biegel MA, LMFT

Internet World Stats presents its latest estimates for Internet Users by Language but due to the lack of other sources these tables need to be viewed as estimates.

Tallying the number of speakers of the world's languages is a complex task, especially as many countries teach English in their public schools. How many Japanese or Indian people use English on the Internet?

Braj Kachru's new book 'Asian Englishes' claims that India and China combined have over half a billion "users" of English.

Many people are bilingual or multilingual, but one language has been assigned per person in order to have all the language totals add up to the total world population.

No adjustments have been made for infants or illiteracy in the Internet penetration rate calculations. Very few countries have 100% literacy.

Data Interpretation

  • There are 565,004,126 English speaking people using the Internet, this represents 26.80% of all the Internet users in the world
  • Out of the estimated 1,302,275,670 population of the world that speaks English, 43.40%% use the Internet
  • The number of English Speaking Internet users has grown 301.40% in the last 11 years (2000-2011).

Top Ten Languages Used in the Web

Number of Internet Users by Language

Top 10 Languages Internet Users by Language % Internet
Users
% Internet Growth % Internet
World Users
World Population
for this Language
English 565,004,126 43.40% 301.40% 26.80% 1,302,275,670
Chinese 509,965,013 37.20% 1478.70% 24.20% 1,372,226,042
Spanish 164,968,742 39.00% 807.40% 7.80% 423,085,806
Japanese 99,182,000 78.40% 110.70% 4.70% 126,475,664

Portuguese

82,586,600 32.50% 990.10% 3.90% 253,947,594
German 75,422,674 79.50% 174.10% 3.60% 94,842,656
Arabic 65,365,400 18.80% 2501.20% 3.30% 347,002,991
French 59,779,525 17.20% 398.20% 3.00% 347,932,305
Russian 59,700,000 42.80% 1825.80% 3.00% 139,390,205
Korean 39,440,000 55.20% 107.10% 2.00% 71,393,343
Total Top 10 Languages 1,615,957,333 36.40% 421.20% 82.20% 4,442,056,069
Rest of World Languages 350,557,483 14.60% 588.50% 17.80% 2,403,553,891
Total World Internet 2,099,926,965 30.30% 481.70% 100.00% 6,930,055,154

World Internet Users & Population

World Internet Users & Population

World Regions Population % Penetration Growth 2000-2011 Users % World
Africa 1,037,524,058 13.50% 2988.40% 6.20%
Asia 3,879,740,877 26.20% 789.60% 44.80%
Europe 816,426,346 61.30% 376.40% 22.10%
Middle East 216,258,843 35.60% 2244.80% 3.40%
North America 347,394,870 78.60%
152.60%
12.00%
Latin America / Carib.
597,283,165

39.50%
1205.10% 10.40%

Oceania / Australia
35,426,995 67.50% 214.00% 1.10%

WORLD TOTAL
6,930,055,154 32.70% 528.10% 100.00%

Top Ten Languages Internet Stats were updated May 31 2011

  • Internet Penetration is the ratio between the sum of Internet users speaking a language and the total population estimate that speaks that specific language.
  • The most recent Internet usage information comes from data published by Nielsen Online, International Telecommunications Union, GfK, and other reliable sources.
  • World population information comes from the U.S. Census Bureau .
  • For definitions and navigation help in several languages, see the Site Surfing Guide.

Internet World Stats. Copyright © 2012, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide

More Information

www.internetworldstats.com


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