3.13 Iceland and Norway: The Most Connected Countries in the World?
The American Internet? Think again. Yes, the precursors of the Internet that emerged from the sciences and the military were
U.S.-based. Early websites were almost always in English and meant for Americans.
Perhaps itâ€™s the cold climate, but Icelandâ€”one of the least densely populated countries in the worldâ€”is also the most connected one, closely followed by Norway
A look at per capita use of the Internet reveals that Scandinavian countriesâ€”Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finlandâ€”lead the world and rank up to 19.5 percentage points ahead of the United States.
Asia has the most Internet users in absolute numbers (over 1 billion), followed by Europe (over 500 million) and North America (276 million). However, Internet users from Asia, the most populous continent, comprise a rather modest 26.2 percent. Europe shows a penetration of 61.3 and North America of 78.6 percent.