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The Top 10 Countries with the Fastest Internet Speeds

The world is continually changing, and the needs of the population are mounting with each passing year as people seek to keep in touch, conduct business, and otherwise seek to make a living. Only a few decades ago the internet was a tool used by the military and had little if any real application towards modern day life. As the years have rolled by however the role of the internet has changed to such a degree that people throughout the world have come to rely on the connectivity that is offered. People work online, they keep vast amounts of personal and professional information online, and to this day it is very safe to state that many individuals would be absolutely lost without the worldwide service that makes life so much easier in many regards.

Despite any arguments contending that reliance upon a digital lifestyle is counterproductive to a stress-free existence, the truth is that the internet has become a part of most cultures at this point and shows no signs of waning. More than borders, the one thing that truly defines the superiority of one country from another any longer are the internet speeds and level of connectivity that each region is known to posses.

10. Finland

While they’re not the fastest in the world, Finland enjoys a comparatively fast internet connection at 17.7 Mbps. This the average for the country and as such is not too shabby in comparison to others, placing it on the end of this particular list but still well above many other countries. 1 Mbps is usually enough to grant a slower but effective connection, and can be used to provide a user with lower quality service that is still capable of being used in an efficient manner.

9. Czech Republic

Many people might not believe this but connectivity throughout much of Europe is quite adequate if not better at times than many other countries. The Czech Republic actually saw a 31 percent increase in its speed recently. The speed of the average connection in this country is now around 17.8 Mbps, which is still adequate but not the fastest around. Still, it is rather impressive as it allows for a slightly faster rate than other countries.

8. The Netherlands

Despite being seen as a nuisance in its earlier years by many countries, the internet was fully embraced by many different cultures in the few decades since its release to the general public. In Europe however there are few places outside of the Netherlands that can boast of more families using the internet on a regular basis. Operating at around 17.9 Mbps, the Netherlands are one of the few countries where the internet is so widely used by so many all at once. As the next generation grows up and continues to utilize the internet it’s safe to say that the usage will only go up, and as a result the internet speeds they use will likely increase as well.

7. Japan

If you want supremely fast internet then this country is one of the few that you might need to visit to be truly impressed. Japan utilizes fiber optics in order to increase their internet speeds in such a way that no matter how many people in a household are online, there will be absolutely no interruption in service. They are also attempting to revolutionize a 100 Gbps internet that will blow everything else out of the water without a hitch. On top of this, So-Net, a local Japanese provider, is able to offer 2 Gbps, which is at this time the fastest commercial internet available.

6. Latvia

A small country located in Western Europe, many people don’t know a great deal about Latvia, but when speaking of internet speeds it is enough to say that they are well above the global average. Running at speeds of 18.3 Mbps, Latvia is able to enjoy a higher level of connectivity thanks to its smaller size. Being a smaller country isn’t all bad, as this allows Latvia to provide its people with speeds that are about three times faster than most countries.

5. Switzerland

Technology has a great deal to do with the reason behind Switzerland’s current internet speeds. At the current time they are operating at 18.7 Mbps, which is very high considering the competition. The country began as dial up but then went to broadband and DSL, which took their internet to an entirely different level and increased their internet usage and capability without fail.

4. Hong Kong

Though technically not a country, Hong Kong is allowed to represent itself as such and in that light it has been included in this list. Clocking in at an amazing 19.9 Mbps, Hong Kong is miles above many countries when it comes to speed and connectivity. This is even more impressive given the size of Hong Kong and how many people are likely to be online at any given time. Their broadband capability is not always entirely reliable, but is still responsible for the improved connectivity.

3. Sweden

Sweden operates at 20.6 Mbps at the current time and is one of the fastest nations in the world when it comes to internet speeds. Residents of this country don’t have to wait for a connection and delays are almost a thing of the past. Using fiber optics and broadband capabilities Sweden has become one of the most notable countries in the world when it comes to internet speed and connectivity.

2. Norway

Norway currently operates at 21.3 Mbps which is simply astounding. Broadband is just one of the reasons why this country experienced an unprecedented bump of 68 percent in its speed and connectivity. Despite being so impressive it is still not enough to gain the top spot.

1. South Korea

This country has the hands down fastest internet in the world at 29 Mbps. That’s over four times as fast as any other country in the world. The connectivity and speed in South Korea is such that no matter the method of connection it is on average greater and faster than any country in the world. It’s evolution is a constant that has yet to slow down, and the reliability has become the envy of the rest of the world many times over.


A continually changing demand for greater internet speed and connectivity has helped to revolutionize and catapult the need for new and improved technologies. While some countries have decided that “good enough” is a healthy and more adaptable option, there are several countries like those listed above that have opted to take their internet experience to an all new level.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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