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Internet World Usage Report by Top Languages

by Enrique de Argaez


As we have reported on Sept. 30, 2004 the number of recorded Internet users has reached 812,931,592 people in the world. More and more people from all countries of the world and all walks of life are joing the Knowledge Society and the Internet Revolution. However, the true Internet Divide is the different languages that are spoken by these 812 million navigators.

At Internet World Stats we have been investigating this interesting point due to the implications the language barrier presents to a really global Internet and the enormous importance to the Internet Marketing campaigns. According to our market research findings, the ten most numerous languages spoken by the Internet Users are approximately the following:

1st place - English, with 287 million Internet users.

2nd place - Chinese, with 106 million Internet users.

3rd place - Japanese, with 67 million Internet users.

4th place - Spanish, with 56 million Internet users.

5th place - German, with 54 million Internet users.

6th place - French, with 36 million Internet users.

7th place - Korean, with 31 million Internet users.

8th place - Italian, with 29 million Internet users.

9th place - Portuguese, with 23 million Internet users.

10th place - Dutch, with 14 million Internet users.

The balance corresponds to 109 million Internet users that speak other languages and dialects for a gran total of 812 million people. Additional information can be found at
Top Ten Internet Languages.

We would like to point out that many of the Internet users from non-English speaking countries have the ability to read and understand English. Therefore the English language may be considered by far the main language of the Internet. About 80% of all web pages are in English and for many multinational corporations, English IS their official company language.


About the Author:
Enrique De Argaez (Ricky) is the webmaster of several multilingual web sites and author of four newsletters. Since 2000 he has been collecting Internet Usage Statistics from over 233 countries and regions of the world, and publishing these statistics for free use by the academia, the global business community and the general public. For free information on Internet World Usage, please visit his page:

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