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.
10 Countries with the fastest internet
Liechtenstein has the fastest broadband in the world with an average speed of 246.76Mbps.
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.
- East Timor
- Equatorial Guinea
- South Sudan
- 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 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.
|Year||Mbps||Change: Mbps||Change: %|
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.
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
- San Marino
Countries with the fastest internet in Asia
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
Countries with the fastest internet in Africa
- South Africa
- Burkina Faso
- Ivory Coast
Countries with the fastest internet in the Americas
- The Bahamas
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Countries with the fastest internet in the Middle East
- Saudi Arabia
Best eSIMs for travel
If you are visiting from abroad then we recommend getting a Holafly eSIM for the UK so you can stay connected to the internet on your trip. We can offer our readers 5% off Holafly purchases. Simply use the code ATLASANDBOOTS at checkout.
Airalo is another good option. We can offer new users 15% off all Airalo eSIM packages with the code ATLAS&BOOTS15 and current users 10% off with ATLAS&BOOTS10.
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.
|52||St Vincent & Gren.||57.71|
|55||Trinidad & Tobago||56.08|
|64||St Kitts & Nevis||47.27|
|69||Bosnia & Herz.||44.01|
|100||Antigua & Barbuda||27.03|
|158||Papua New Guinea||8.75|
|167||São Tomé & Prín.||6.52|
More rankings and articles can be found in our remote work area:
► Most dangerous countries in the world
► Countries with the best healthcare in the world
► World’s worst countries to drive in
► Most peaceful countries in the world
► Best countries for women
► Poorest countries in the world – ranked
► Happiest countries in the world
► World’s most powerful passport
► Most stressed countries in the world
► Most expensive cities for expats
► World’s most democratic countries