Baltic States Internet Population

Internet use within the Baltic Sea States has grown significantly in the past five years. Data compiled by Internet World Stats reports Internet user growth in Russia alone at 600 percent since 2000.

That places Russia at the highest rate of adoption in the region, now with a total 22.3 million Internet users, although penetration is only at 15.5 percent of the population. New Internet users in Latvia bring that country’s online population to 810,000, or 35 percent penetration.

The lowest recent growth in the region was in Iceland, which had 34.3 percent increase in users between 2000 and 2005. Despite the recent slow adoption rate, the country’s Internet population is a healthy 76.5 percent.

The Baltic States traditionally included only Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 1992, 11 states in the region formed The Council of the Baltic Sea States, which includes representation from both Western European and former East Bloc countries including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, and Sweden.

Internet World Stats compiles data from a number of sources including the World Gazetteer, Nielsen//NetRatings, International Telecommunications Union, and the Computer Industry Almanac.


Internet Usage in The Baltic Sea States
Baltic Sea State Population (2005 Est.) Internet Users User Growth, 2000-2005 (%) Penetration (% Population)
Denmark 5,411,596 3,762,500 92.9 69.5
Estonia 1,344,840 670,000 82.8 49.8
Finland 5,246,920 3,286,000 70.5 62.6
Germany 82,726,188 47,127,725 96.4 57.0
Iceland 294,947 225,000 34.3 76.5
Latvia 2,306,489 810,000 440.0 35.1
Lithuania 3,430,836 968,000 330.2 28.2
Norway 4,606,363 3,140,000 42.7 68.2
Poland 38,133,691 10,600,000 278.6 27.8
Russia 144,003,901 22,300,000 619.4 15.5
Sweden 9,043,990 6,656,737 64.4 73.6
Source: Internet World Stats, 2005; Miniwatts International, Ltd., 2005.

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