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Countries with the fastest internet in the world – ranked

The countries with the fastest internet in the world have been announced for the year. Read our insights from the study and browse the rankings below

10th December 2020

If you’re one of the millions of people working in a remote job or pursuing a career as a digital nomad, then internet speed is one of the important factors in your choice of destination.

Internet comparison site Cable has ranked the countries with the fastest broadband internet in the world based on over 557 million speed tests across 221 countries or territories.

It is the third year of the assessment and the latest ranking uses data collected in the 12 months up to 30th June 2020 to evaluate internet speed by country.

Liechtenstein has the fastest internet in the world
RossHelen/Shutterstock Liechtenstein has the fastest internet in the world

10 Countries with the fastest internet

Liechtenstein has the fastest broadband in the world with an average speed of 229.98Mbps. Many would argue that having the fastest internet, means having the best internet in the world.

  1. Liechtenstein
  2. Andorra
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Hong Kong (SAR)
  6. Monaco
  7. Hungary
  8. Netherlands
  9. Aruba
  10. Malta
South Sudan has the slowest internet in the world
Frontpage/Shuttertsock South Sudan has the slowest internet in the world

10 Countries with the slowest internet

South Sudan has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.58Mbps.

  1. South Sudan
  2. Yemen
  3. Turkmenistan
  4. Equatorial Guinea
  5. Syria
  6. Timor-Leste
  7. Tajikistan
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Somalia
  10. Sudan

“While global broadband speeds continue to trend upward, the truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate.”

Dan Howdle, Cable

Key headlines

  • The global average broadband internet speed is 24.83Mbps (megabits per second).
  • Liechtenstein has the fastest broadband in the world overtaking Taiwan with an average speed of 229.98Mbps.
  • South Sudan has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.58Mbps.
  • It would take nearly 20 hours to download a 5GB movie file in South Sudan while someone in Liechtenstein could do it in under three minutes.
  • The five countries with the fastest internet have download speeds around 276 times faster than the five slowest.
  • 32 of the 50 fastest countries are located in Europe, with seven in Asia, seven in the Caribbean, two in North America and two in the Middle East.
  • By contrast, 32 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa.
  • 109 countries have average speeds below 10Mbps, a speed deemed by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the demands of a typical family or small business.
Hong Kong has the fastest internet in Asia
EarnestTse/Shutterstock Hong Kong has the fastest internet in Asia

The internet is getting faster, but…

The average global internet speed is getting faster with the global average increasing by around 20%. This takes into account changes M-Lab has made to their measurement platform.

However, it is worth noting that the countries contributing the most to this rise are those in developed nations which already have established infrastructure and can therefore roll out the latest technology available.

Comparatively, there is little development – and therefore little change in availability, rollout and uptake of faster infrastructure – in the bottom half of the ranking compared with the top half.

Generally speaking, the countries with the fastest internet speeds are likely to be smaller and more developed. The larger and less developed a nation is, the slower the internet will likely be.

The US has the fastest internet in the Americas
Thorsten Weinert/Shutterstock The US has the fastest internet in the Americas

Region by region

Unsurprisingly, Europe has the world’s highest concentration of countries with the fastest internet. Eight of the top ten countries with the fastest internet are in Europe. Liechtenstein has the fastest broadband in Europe and the world an average speed of 229.98Mbps.

Andorra (2), Iceland (3) and Switzerland (4) are not far behind with average speeds of 213.41, 116.88 and 110.45Mbps respectively. The UK is in 40th place with average speed of 37.82Mbps.

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In Asia, Hong Kong (5), Singapore (14), Taiwan (27), Japan (28) and South Korea (36) are the continent’s top performers with speeds of 105.32, 72.75, 54.77, 54.62, and 40.81Mbps respectively.

The US (16) has the fastest broadband in the Americas with an average speed of 71.3Mbps. Canada (29) is the region’s second-fastest with 52.60Mbps. Generally, Caribbean countries perform well with Aruba the region’s fastest internet with an average speed of 89.81Mbps.

Uruguay (59) has the fastest broadband in South America at 22.16Mbps, while Venezuela (180) has the slowest at 1.61Mbps.

Sub-Saharan Africa is some distance behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision. 48 countries in the region were assessed, with 45 of them in the lowest 50% of countries in the table. Madagascar is the fastest African nation in 65th place with an average speed of 18Mbps.

“Europe absolutely dominates the leaderboard once again thanks to largely excellent infrastructure. In all cases, those countries ranking highest are those with a strong focus on pure fibre (FTTP) networks, with those countries dawdling too much on FTTC and ADSL solutions slipping further down year-on-year.”

Dan Howdle, Cable

In the Middle East, the fastest countries were UAE (46), Israel (50) and Qatar (57) with 28.33, 26.49 and 23.98Mbps respectively. The slowest were Lebanon (168), Syria (190) and Yemen (193) with 2.34, 0.76 and 0.65Mbps.

Countries with the fastest internet in Europe

  1. Liechtenstein (1)
  2. Andorra (2)
  3. Iceland (3)
  4. Switzerland (4)
  5. Monaco (6)
  6. Hungary (7)
  7. Netherlands (8)
  8. Malta (10)
  9. Denmark (11)
  10. Sweden (12)

Countries with the fastest internet in Asia

  1. Hong Kong (5)
  2. Singapore (14)
  3. Taiwan (27)
  4. Japan (28)
  5. South Korea (36)
  6. Thailand (44)
  7. Russia (54)
  8. Sri Lanka (60)
  9. Macau (SAR) (78)
  10. India (82)

Complete rankings

The table below ranks countries by their average download speed in megabits per second (Mbps) and the typical download time (DT) for a 5GB movie.

Some countries and territories have been excluded due to insufficient sample sizes.

PositionCountryMbps5GB DT
1Liechtenstein229.980h 02m 58s
2Andorra213.410h 03m 12s
3Iceland116.880h 05m 50s
4Switzerland110.450h 06m 11s
5Hong Kong (SAR)105.320h 06m 29s
6Monaco104.980h 06m 30s
7Hungary99.740h 06m 51s
8Netherlands95.600h 07m 08s
9Aruba89.810h 07m 36s
10Malta87.360h 07m 49s
11Denmark85.030h 08m 02s
12Sweden81.290h 08m 24s
13Bermuda73.600h 09m 17s
14Singapore72.750h 09m 23s
15Slovakia72.260h 09m 27s
16USA71.300h 09m 34s
17Estonia70.900h 09m 38s
18Norway67.310h 10m 08s
19New Zealand66.660h 10m 14s
20Belgium66.490h 10m 16s
21Slovenia65.460h 10m 26s
22Romania61.080h 11m 11s
23Barbados56.900h 12m 00s
24Lithuania56.630h 12m 03s
25Spain55.840h 12m 14s
26Poland55.400h 12m 19s
27Taiwan54.770h 12m 28s
28Japan54.620h 12m 30s
29Canada52.600h 12m 59s
30Latvia52.320h 13m 03s
31France51.330h 13m 18s
32Malaysia46.820h 14m 35s
33Bulgaria46.220h 14m 46s
34Finland44.050h 15m 30s
35Germany42.330h 16m 08s
36South Korea40.810h 16m 44s
37Grenada38.640h 17m 40s
38Bahamas38.140h 17m 54s
39Portugal37.990h 17m 58s
40UK37.820h 18m 03s
41Panama36.550h 18m 41s
42Ireland34.870h 19m 35s
43Croatia33.820h 20m 11s
44Thailand30.610h 22m 18s
45Trinidad & Tobago29.700h 22m 59s
46UAE28.330h 24m 06s
47Czech Rep.28.120h 24m 16s
48Austria27.740h 24m 36s
49Moldova27.480h 24m 50s
50Israel26.490h 25m 46s
51Greece26.010h 26m 15s
52Australia25.650h 26m 37s
53Montenegro25.070h 27m 14s
54Russia24.980h 27m 20s
55Serbia24.740h 27m 36s
56San Marino24.260h 28m 08s
57Qatar23.980h 28m 28s
58Italy23.180h 29m 27s
59Uruguay22.160h 30m 48s
60Sri Lanka20.730h 32m 56s
61Kosovo20.30h 33m 37s
62Jamaica20.010h 34m 07s
63Vatican City19.120h 35m 43s
64Greenland18.650h 36m 36s
65Madagascar18.000h 37m 55s
66Brazil17.890h 38m 09s
67Belize16.570h 41m 11s
68Paraguay16.500h 41m 23s
69Costa Rica16.420h 41m 34s
70St. Lucia16.350h 41m 45s
71Mexico16.190h 42m 10s
72Chile16.100h 42m 24s
73Belarus16.080h 42m 27s
74St. Vincent & Gren.15.690h 43m 30s
75Bosnia & Herz.15.660h 43m 35s
76Cyprus15.620h 43m 42s
77Ukraine15.090h 45m 14s
78Macau (SAR)14.660h 46m 34s
79Jordan14.540h 46m 57s
80South Africa14.040h 48m 37s
81Georgia13.500h 50m 35s
82India13.460h 50m 44s
83Vietnam13.410h 50m 54s
84Saudi Arabia12.670h 53m 53s
85Albania12.360h 55m 15s
86Oman12.250h 55m 44s
87Kuwait12.060h 56m 37s
88Armenia11.860h 57m 33s
89North Macedonia11.480h 59m 27s
90Bahrain10.871h 02m 49s
91Dominican Rep.10.691h 03m 51s
92Dominica9.961h 08m 34s
93Antigua & Barbuda9.631h 10m 53s
94Brunei8.971h 16m 06s
95Turkey8.861h 17m 05s
96Fiji8.831h 17m 19s
97Colombia8.801h 17m 33s
98Philippines8.771h 17m 51s
99Ecuador8.481h 20m 29s
100Kenya8.21h 23m 15s
101Peru7.981h 25m 30s
102Guatemala7.611h 29m 44s
103Lesotho7.431h 31m 52s
104Mauritius7.281h 33m 44s
105Indonesia7.161h 35m 21s
106St. Kitts & Nevis7.111h 36m 03s
107Myanmar7.111h 36m 04s
108Zimbabwe6.921h 38m 36s
109Liberia6.831h 39m 56s
110Nicaragua6.651h 42m 40s
111Cape Verde6.641h 42m 53s
112Morocco6.551h 44m 17s
113Argentina6.201h 50m 04s
114El Salvador6.131h 51m 24s
115Honduras5.931h 55m 06s
116Senegal5.931h 55m 08s
117Maldives5.881h 56m 03s
118French Guiana5.801h 57m 46s
119Haiti5.751h 58m 40s
120Tunisia5.662h 00m 42s
121Cote D'Ivoire5.552h 03m 04s
122Kyrgyzstan5.472h 04m 51s
123Ghana5.462h 05m 04s
124Mongolia5.252h 09m 55s
125Nepal5.222h 10m 52s
126Cambodia5.212h 11m 07s
127Uganda5.162h 12m 24s
128Bolivia5.062h 14m 59s
129Kazakhstan5.012h 16m 15s
130Azerbaijan4.892h 19m 41s
131Comoros4.852h 20m 48s
132Egypt4.712h 24m 48s
133Bhutan4.622h 27m 49s
134Tanzania4.542h 30m 26s
135Eswatini4.512h 31m 15s
136Iran4.502h 31m 47s
137Micronesia4.492h 31m 58s
138Laos4.472h 32m 46s
139Guyana4.432h 33m 57s
140Suriname4.422h 34m 23s
141Gabon4.372h 36m 07s
142French Polynesia4.282h 39m 31s
143Palau4.242h 41m 06s
144Burkina Faso4.192h 42m 55s
145Angola4.152h 44m 18s
146Malawi4.072h 47m 47s
147Burundi4.042h 49m 11s
148Togo4.032h 49m 28s
149Seychelles3.962h 52m 29s
150Namibia3.912h 54m 41s
151Sierra Leone3.862h 56m 57s
152Zambia3.842h 57m 34s
153Rwanda3.82h 59m 52s
154Mozambique3.473h 16m 32s
155Mali3.453h 17m 44s
156Nigeria3.343h 24m 16s
157Bangladesh3.243h 31m 01s
158Cuba3.163h 36m 16s
159Palestine3.133h 38m 03s
160Guinea3.043h 44m 56s
161Botswana2.784h 05m 23s
162Cameroon2.784h 05m 55s
163Niger2.774h 06m 17s
164Marshall Islands2.754h 08m 08s
165Iraq2.694h 13m 48s
166Papua New Guinea2.674h 15m 19s
167Libya2.64h 22m 05s
168Lebanon2.344h 51m 32s
169Chad2.255h 03m 12s
170Vanuatu2.225h 06m 55s
171Pakistan2.145h 19m 18s
172Uzbekistan2.15h 24m 50s
173China2.095h 27m 25s
174DR Congo2.065h 31m 57s
175Rep. of the Congo2.005h 41m 20s
176Sao Tome & Principe1.995h 42m 37s
177Algeria1.836h 12m 30s
178Benin1.676h 47m 40s
179Guinea-Bissau1.617h 03m 04s
180Venezuela1.617h 03m 05s
181Gambia1.607h 07m 30s
182Djibouti1.507h 34m 50s
183Mauritania1.477h 44m 30s
184Afghanistan1.378h 17m 37s
185Sudan1.358h 24m 07s
186Somalia1.149h 56m 39s
187Ethiopia1.1210h 10m 34s
188Tajikistan1.0111h 16m 08s
189Timor-Leste0.8912h 42m 52s
190Syria0.7615h 00m 11s
191Equatorial Guinea0.7515h 13m 09s
192Turkmenistan0.7415h 25m 57s
193Yemen0.6517h 23m 00s
194South Sudan0.5819h 31m 00s

The full Worldwide Broadband Speed League from Cable can be downloaded here.

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