Active Internet Users by Country, June 2004

Nielsen//NetRatings found that the overall at-home global active Internet universe for 13 selected countries shrunk by more than 3.5 million users from May 2004 to June 2004, with the largest loss attributed to the United States.

Japan was the big winner again, posting steady gains for three consecutive months. The at-home active Internet universe for the UK only swelled by slightly more than a half-point, but still managed to add more than 126,000 users.

While the U.S. lost the most users, Hong Kong and Switzerland posted the largest negative growth, dropping more than three percentage points each. Switzerland lost nearly as many users in June as the country gained in May.


Active Internet Users by Country, June 2004, Home
Country May
2004
June
2004
Growth Change
Australia 8,510,814 8,379,571 -1.54% -131,243
Brazil 11,681,163 11,765,602 -0.72% 84,439
France 14,308,563 14,348,243 0.28% 39,679
Germany 26,948,420 26,775,877 -0.64% -172,543
Hong Kong 2,555,144 2,460,400 -3.71% -94,743
Italy 15,821,701 15,733,348 -0.56% -88,352
Japan 33,166,276 33,750,224 1.76% 583,948
Netherlands 7,833,391 7,785,983 -0.61% -47,409
Spain 8,474,442 8,436,889 -0.44% -37,553
Sweden 4,482,007 4,391,951 -2.01% -90,056
Switzerland 3,315,534 3,215,203 -3.03% -100,331
United
Kingdom
20,955,636 21,082,432 0.61% 126,796
United
States
142,406,616 138,805,566 -2.53% -3,601,050
TOTALS 300,459,706 296,931,288 -1.17% -3,528,418
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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