Ranked: countries with the fastest internet in the world 2023

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2nd August 2023
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The countries with the fastest internet in the world have been announced for the year. Read our insights and browse the rankings below

Liechtenstein has the fastest internet in the world, followed by the Chinese Special Administrative Region of Macao, Iceland, Andorra and Luxembourg. The USA is ranked 10th and the UK is 29th. Afghanistan has the world’s slowest internet.

Internet comparison site Cable has ranked the countries with the fastest broadband internet in the world based on over 1.1 billion speed tests across over 200 countries and territories. It is the fifth year of the assessment and the latest ranking uses data collected in the 12 months up to 30 June 2023 to evaluate internet speed by country.

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. A slow connection affects not only your ability to work from home but also your entertainment options. While there are ways to speed up your internet, essentially it comes down to the internet service provider (ISP) in your 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 246.76Mbps.

  1. Liechtenstein
  2. Macau
  3. Iceland
  4. Andorra
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Taiwan
  7. France
  8. Netherlands
  9. Slovakia
  10. USA

10 Countries with the slowest internet

Afghanistan has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.77Mbps. It would take 28 minutes to download a 5GB movie.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Yemen
  3. Syria
  4. East Timor
  5. Equatorial Guinea
  6. Tajikistan
  7. Cameroon
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Burundi
  10. South Sudan
A phot of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan
mbrand85/Shutterstock Afghanistan has the world’s slowest internet

Key headlines

  • The global average broadband internet speed is 45.6Mbps (megabits per second).
  • Liechtenstein has the fastest broadband in the world with an average speed of 246.76Mbps.
  • Afghanistan has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 1.71Mbps.
  • 32 of the 50 fastest countries are located in Europe, with seven in Asia, six in North America, three in South America, one in Oceania and one in the Middle East.
  • By contrast, 32 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa.
  • 48 countries or territories 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.
The skyline of Macao at night
Richie Chan/Shutterstock Macao 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 30.04% from 34.79Mbps in 2022 to 45.6Mbps in 2023.

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

YearMbpsChange: MbpsChange: %
202346.797.4130.04%
202235.986.1920.78%
202129.794.9619.98%
202024.8313.8125.11%
201911.031.8920.68%
20189.141.7323.35%
20177.41

Comparatively, there is far less development – and therefore less 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.

When it comes to the size of a nation, it is generally much easier to roll out FTTP full-fibre broadband and 5G mobile internet to a smaller population and/or across a smaller area.

Region by region

Unsurprisingly, Europe has the world’s highest concentration of countries with the fastest internet. Seven of the top 10 countries with the fastest internet are in Europe. Liechtenstein has the fastest broadband in Europe and the world an average speed of 246.76Mbps.

Iceland (3), Andorra (4), Luxembourg (5) and France (7) are not too far behind. The UK (29) has Europe’s 20th fastest internet with an average speed of 93.63Mbps.

map of countries with the fastest internet
Cable Mapped: the countries with the fastest internet

In Asia, Macau (2) has the fastest internet with Taiwan (6), Japan (15), Singapore (20) and South Korea (28) all performing well.

The US (10) has the fastest broadband in the Americas with an average speed of 136.48Mbps. Canada (11) is the region’s second-fastest with Barbados and Grenada in third and fourth respectively. Cuba (183) has the slowest internet in the Americas.

“Europe continues to dominate the global league table, extending its lead over much of the world as FTTP full fibre continues to make an increasingly large dent in consumer uptake.”

– Dan Howdle, Cable

Africa is some distance behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision. Thirty-two of the 50 slowest countries in the world are located in Africa. Rwanda (82) has the fastest internet in Africa followed by South Africa (86), Burkina Faso (89) and Mauritius (97).

Countries with the fastest internet in Europe

  1. Liechtenstein
  2. Iceland
  3. Andorra
  4. Luxembourg
  5. France
  6. Netherlands
  7. Slovakia
  8. Spain
  9. San Marino
  10. Monaco

Countries with the fastest internet in Asia

  1. Macau
  2. Taiwan
  3. Japan
  4. Singapore
  5. South Korea
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Thailand
  8. India
  9. Philippines
  10. Malaysia

Countries with the fastest internet in Africa

  1. Rwanda
  2. South Africa
  3. Burkina Faso
  4. Mauritius
  5. Nigeria
  6. Madagascar
  7. Seychelles
  8. Morocco
  9. Ivory Coast
  10. Congo
Kigali skyline – Rwanda's capital city
Jennifer Sophie/Shutterstock Rwanda has Africa’s fastest internet

Countries with the fastest internet in the Americas

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Uruguay
  4. Barbados
  5. Chile
  6. Grenada
  7. Brazil
  8. Dominica
  9. The Bahamas
  10. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
New York city during sunset
Thorsten Weinert/Shutterstock The US has the fastest internet in the Americas

Countries with the fastest internet in the Middle East

  1. Israel
  2. Qatar
  3. Bahrain
  4. UAE
  5. Kuwait
  6. Jordan
  7. Oman
  8. Saudi Arabia
  9. Turkey
  10. Palestine

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Complete rankings

The table below ranks countries by their average download speed in megabits per second (Mbps).

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

RankCountryMbps
1Liechtenstein246.76
2Macau231.40
3Iceland229.35
4Andorra190.40
5Luxembourg162.21
6Taiwan153.51
7France152.45
8Netherlands142.49
9Slovakia138.03
10USA136.48
11Canada136.08
12Spain133.66
13San Marino126.88
14Monaco126.30
15Japan124.70
16Malta123.85
17Uruguay111.46
18Portugal106.53
19Belgium102.33
20Singapore101.75
21Norway101.66
22Romania100.66
23North Macedonia97.88
24New Zealand97.09
25Slovenia97.00
26Sweden94.30
27Poland94.10
28South Korea94.00
29UK93.63
30Barbados93.50
31Moldova92.10
32Lithuania87.09
33Estonia86.39
34Chile85.49
35Hong Kong83.05
36Germany81.73
37Ireland76.16
38Switzerland75.39
39Grenada75.21
40Israel75.03
41Brazil72.70
42Latvia66.79
43Dominica66.24
44Vatican City65.46
45Hungary63.41
46Finland62.82
47Thailand62.75
48Serbia60.53
49The Bahamas58.95
50Italy58.22
51Russia57.95
52St Vincent & Gren.57.71
53Kosovo57.32
54Panama56.93
55Trinidad & Tobago56.08
56Austria55.82
57Greece53.85
58Australia51.27
59Qatar50.68
60Denmark49.98
61Montenegro49.46
62India47.99
63Bahrain47.72
64St Kitts & Nevis47.27
65Czech Republic46.81
66Guadeloupe45.93
67Colombia45.13
68Jamaica45.07
69Bosnia & Herz.44.01
70St Lucia43.86
71UAE43.62
72Philippines43.36
73Argentina43.02
74Cyprus42.93
75Paraguay42.76
76Costa Rica42.51
77Malaysia42.20
78Greenland41.19
79Peru41.04
80Kuwait41.02
81Bulgaria40.43
82Rwanda39.89
83Belize38.86
84Ukraine38.13
85Marshall Islands36.89
86South Africa36.46
87Mexico35.85
88New Caledonia35.72
89Burkina Faso35.64
90Belarus34.10
91Armenia33.63
92Jordan33.63
93Oman32.61
94Saudi Arabia32.42
95Brunei32.07
96Guyana31.45
97Mauritius29.78
98Vietnam29.25
99Anguilla29.15
100Antigua & Barbuda27.03
101Ecuador26.56
102Croatia25.72
103Albania25.36
104Nicaragua25.28
105Turkey24.84
106El Salvador23.56
107Guatemala23.26
108Uzbekistan21.67
109Sri Lanka21.23
110Nigeria20.83
111Madagascar20.43
112Bhutan20.08
113Nepal19.99
114Dominican Rep.19.48
115Seychelles18.75
116Georgia18.54
117Laos17.64
118Kyrgyzstan17.31
119Honduras16.76
120Morocco16.49
121Ivory Coast16.45
122Mongolia16.40
123Bolivia16.00
124Cambodia14.68
125Congo14.36
126Indonesia14.30
127Fiji13.96
128Iran13.93
129Kazakhstan13.13
130China12.66
131Uganda12.64
132Maldives12.49
133Suriname12.48
134Kenya12.46
135Ghana12.33
136Tanzania11.92
137Lesotho11.75
138Palestine11.59
139Cape Verde11.49
140Gabon11.22
141Mozambique11.06
142Venezuela10.92
143Namibia10.80
144Haiti10.75
145Azerbaijan10.20
146Egypt9.75
147Botswana9.61
148Tunisia9.60
149Solomon Islands9.51
150Iraq9.37
151Senegal9.22
152Zimbabwe9.18
153Angola9.13
154Benin9.12
155Myanmar9.02
156Mauritania8.95
157Togo8.90
158Papua New Guinea8.75
159Guinea8.50
160Malawi8.26
161Algeria7.73
162Mali7.56
163Sierra Leone7.00
164Vanuatu6.57
165Lebanon6.55
166Zambia6.53
167São Tomé & Prín.6.52
168Bangladesh6.41
169Libya6.32
170Chad5.83
171Eswatini5.76
172Liberia5.60
173Niger5.50
174Pakistan5.32
175Sudan5.24
176Guinea-Bissau5.09
177Somalia5.00
178Djibouti4.66
179DR Congo4.62
180Turkmenistan4.49
181The Gambia4.35
182Micronesia4.25
183Cuba4.14
184South Sudan3.89
185Burundi3.70
186Ethiopia3.54
187Cameroon3.16
188Tajikistan2.98
189Equatorial Guinea2.70
190East Timor2.50
191Syria2.30
192Yemen1.79
193Afghanistan1.71

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