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These are the countries with the best Internet connections in the world

Ouch, United States.

FIONA MACDONALD
2 DEC 2015
 

If the Internet is important to you, you may need to reconsider where you live based on the results of a new report from the International Telecommunication Union, which has revealed the countries with the best Internet connections in the world.

According to the study, which took into account Internet speed and the percentage of people who have access to a connection, we all need to move to South Korea if we want to be better connected – it just topped the list for the second time in a row. Other developed countries, however, didn’t fare as well as you might expect.

 

The US, for example, is 15th on the list, behind the UK, Australia, and Japan. Although to be fair, it was an improvement on its position of 16th in the last report, which came out in 2010.

Meanwhile, China placed an underwhelming 82nd, falling behind Mauritius, Brazil, and Dominica. 

What’s interesting is that the report didn’t just look at Internet speed, which is obviously an important factor when it comes to connection, but also took into account the volume of people with Internet subscription, and the percentage of households with a computer. Because there’s no point having lightning fast download speeds if hardly anyone in the country can access them.

After taking into account these factors, the researchers gave each country a score out of 10, with South Korea topping the list with an impressive 8.93 (an increase from 8.64 in 2010).

Coming a close second was Denmark, with a score of 8.88, and Iceland, on 8.86. Impressively, the United Kingdom came in fourth, beating out countries such as Sweden and the Netherlands.

You can see the top 25 spots on the list below, and head over to the International Telecommunication Union to see the full report.

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And just in case you were wondering which countries to avoid, Chad had the worse Internet connection, with a score of just 1.17. In fact, Sub-Saharan African countries took out the 23 bottom spots on the list, which isn’t entirely surprising given previous instability in parts of the region.

But ambitious thinkers such as Mark Zuckerberg and the Google and Microsoft teams are working on changing this divide, and are busily investigating ways they can connect the entire world with Internet, regardless of where someone lives.

That means that a whole new generation of people would have access to news, knowledge, and new friends online, which is pretty exciting to think about.

Let’s hope in another five years some of these projects come to fruition, and we see a lot of higher numbers on this list. And who knows, by that point we might all be using Li-Fi instead.

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