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Global Internet usage provides information on the number of people who use the Internet by language, nationality, geography, etc.

Languages used on the InternetEdit

Most web pages on the Internet are in English.

A study on the presence of Romance languages on the Internet, published by the Latin Union in collaboration with FUNREDES, showed that as of November 2007, 45% of the webpages were written in English, 7.8% in Spanish, 4.41% in French, 2.66% in Italian, 1.39% in Portuguese, 0.28% in Romanian and 5.9% in German.[1] The use of English online has increased by around 281% over the past ten years, however this is far less than Spanish (743%), Chinese (1,277%), Russian (1,826%) or Arabic (showing a growth of 2,501% over the same period).[2] The foreign language internet is rapidly expanding, with English being used by only 27% of users worldwide.

Internet users by languageEdit

The source of the figures in the table below is Internet World Stats.[3] These are estimates of the world online population by language for 2010.

Position Language Internet users  % of all
1 English 536,564,837 27.3
2 Chinese 444,948,013 22.6
3 Spanish 153,309,074 7.8
4 Japanese 99,143,700 5.3
5 Portuguese 82,548,200 4.3
6 German 75,158,584 4.0
7 Arabic 65,365,400 3.3
8 French 59,779,525 3.2
9 Russian 59,700,000 2.5
10 Korean 39,440,000 2.1

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