So let’s face it. The world literally loves the internet.
According to Howstuffworks.com journalist Jonathan Strickland, if the internet just suddenly disappeared, the world would absolutely suck. A lot. There would obviously be no Facebook or Instagram. No skype, no online banking, no Netflix. There would probably be no phone calls or text messages either. We wouldn’t have global or country-wide news. Most of the biggest companies in the world would crumble – bye-bye Apple and Google.
Life would literally stand still.
So, as an homage to the internet in a way, let’s take a look at which countries have the best internet in the world.
The top 3 fastest fixed wireless countries.
- Singapore – 97.67 Mbit/s
- Hong Kong, China – 96.12 Mbit/s
- Romania – 62.53 Mbit/s
- Sweden – 49.25 Mbit/s
- Lithuania – 47.93 Mbit/s
I’m not so surprised to see Singapore at the top very closely followed by Hong Kong, but Romania in third? For a country that has the second lowest average monthly income in the EU of €400.00, it is a sign that they are doing something very right!
(Don’t get me wrong, Romania is an amazing country and in no way deserves their public image in the eyes of some of their neighbours.)
There’s also notable mentions for Bulgaria (ranked 17th) and Estonia (19th) who beat both the UK and the US. They even manage double Australia which is ranked 46th, following behind the likes of Kazakhstan, Madagascar, and Tajikistan.
Percentage of the population with an internet connection.
- Iceland – 96.5%
- Bermuda – 95.3%
- Norway – 95.1%
- Sweden – 94.8%
- Denmark – 94.6%
For some reason, it’s not surprising to see our mates from Scandinavia sitting at the top of this list. Though it should be more surprising considering that the rural north of Norway has some of the most uninhabitable terrain in the world, yet they still manage to get internet out there.
Bermuda is lucky enough to be a well-developed tourist destination.
Macau (in China), Kuwait and Singapour have the most affordable internet in the world, between 0.3% and 0.4% of their income.
Iceland, the US, Estonia, Canada, France and Germany have the most amount of freedom on the internet, with the least amount of information blocked by the state.
Iran, China and Vietnam have some of the most censored internet in the world, followed by Singapore.
As we move forward into the over modern technological age, how we countries decide to use, limit and offer the internet will be a leading factor because (according to the UN, and me) the Internet is a human right.
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The World and Their Intenet
Thanks to the internetsociety.org for their information.