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Active Internet Users by Country, December 2003

  |  January 29, 2004   |  Comments

The at-home global active Internet universe for a number of selected countries grew by just over one-quarter million from November 2003 to December.

Nielsen//NetRatings found that the overall at home global active Internet universe for a number of selected countries grew by only 278,000 from November 2003 to December 2003 – a significant decrease from the month prior when the population swelled by 4.8 million.

Hong Kong and Sweden exhibited the largest growth rates, each measuring more than 2 percent increases, while the U.S. logged nearly 1.1 million more users. In December, Japan lost 764,000 of the 1.3 million users it had gained the previous month.

Nielsen//NetRatings has expanded its tracking system to include Internet applications, and calculates active users as the number of people that actually go online in a given month, rather than the number of people with access.

Active Internet Users by Country, December 2003, Home
Country November 2003 December 2003 Growth Change
Australia 7,944,096 7,974,021 0.38% 29,925
Brazil 8,648,019 8,644,291 -0.04% -3,729
France 13,367,852 13,587,112 1.64% 219,260
Germany 26,128,291 25,862,552 -1.02% -265,739
Hong Kong 2,491,938 2,545,100 2.13% 53,162
Italy 14,173,404 14,335,622 1.14% 162,218
Japan 29,383,327 28,618,881 -2.60% -764,446
Netherlands 7,531,361 7,491,091 -0.53% -40,270
Spain 8,207,076 8,159,440 -0.58% -47,636
Sweden 4,575,413 4,671,461 2.10% 96,048
Switzerland 3,047,758 3,067,129 0.64% 19,371
United Kingdom 20,249,916 19,970,648 -1.38% -279,268
United States 131,052,267 132,151,758 0.84% 1,099,491
TOTALS 276,800,718 277,079,105 0.10% 278,387
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings

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