Active Internet Users by Country, March 2004

Nielsen//NetRatings found that the overall at-home global active Internet universe for a number of selected countries grew by two-thirds of a percentage point from February 2004 to March 2004. Switzerland exhibited the largest growth rate at over 3 percent, while the U.S. added the most active Internet users over the month. Also, Hong Kong’s high growth rate in February was somewhat diminished in March.

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, March 2004, Home
Country February
2004
March
2004
Growth Change
Australia 8,407,806 8,227,836 -2.14% 179,970
Brazil 12,484,475 12,269,533 -1.72% -214,942
France 13,781,013 14,103,852 2.34% 322,839
Germany 27,033,687 27,172,467 0.51% 138,780
Hong Kong 2,699,275 2,546,983 -5.64% -152,292
Italy 15,772,348 15,585,562 -1.18% -186,786
Japan 31,097,206 30,498,645 -1.92% -598,561
Netherlands 7,757,751 7,855,927 1.27% 98,176
Spain 8,331,385 8,188,114 -1.72% -143,271
Sweden 4,609,203 4,607,584 -0.04% -1,619
Switzerland 3,009,180 3,105,164 3.19% 95,983
United
Kingdom
20,953,256 20,742,342 -1.01% -210,914
United
States
141,389,993 144,403,184 2.13% 3,013,191
TOTALS 297,326,576 299,307,191 0.67% 1,980,615
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings

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