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Active Internet Users by Country, May 2004

  |  June 24, 2004   |  Comments

The at-home global active Internet universe for a number of selected countries grew by roughly half a percentage point to more than 300 million users.

Nielsen//NetRatings found that the overall at-home global active Internet universe for a number of selected countries rose by more than 1.5 million users from April 2004 to May 2004.

Japan overwhelmingly exhibited the most growth by percentage and new active users, marking the second consecutive month of large swells to the country's Internet population. France and Switzerland also made formidable gains, while Sweden lost more than 3 percent.

The U.S. continues to chip away at its 3 million user gain in March, posting losses in April and May.

Active Internet Users by Country, May 2004, Home
Country April
Growth Change
Australia 8,441,341 8,510,814 0.82% 69,473
Brazil 11,913,640 11,681,163 -1.95% -232,477
France 13,927,159 14,308,563 2.74% 381,404
Germany 27,083,535 26,948,420 -0.50% -135,115
Hong Kong 2,558,576 2,555,144 -0.13% -3,433
Italy 15,832,124 15,821,701 -0.07% -10,424
Japan 30,793,813 33,166,276 7.70% 2,372,463
Netherlands 7,994,859 7,833,391 -2.02% -161,467
Spain 8,338,762 8,474,442 1.63% 135,680
Sweden 4,639,081 4,482,007 -3.39 -157,074
Switzerland 3,228,645 3,315,534 2.69% 86,889
21,093,948 20,955,636 -0.66% -138,312
143,041,743 142,406,616 -0.44% -635,127
TOTALS 298,887,224 300,459,706 0.53% 1,572,482
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings

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.

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