16 countries with the fastest internet speeds

Tiny Jersey comes in as one of the fastest in the world

Colorful Aruba sign near the beach

Analysis of over 276 million broadband speed tests by the Worldwide Speed League has revealed which countries boasted the fastest internet speeds in 2020. 

Gathered by M-Lab and compiled by Cable.co.uk, the Worldwide Speed League is an open source project with contributors ranging from civil organizations to educational institutions and private companies. With this being the fourth consecutive year the group has compiled its research, the League has been remarkably successful in showing which countries offer the fastest internet speeds and how those speeds relate to tasks like downloading a 5GB movie. 

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Chris Ritzo, program management and community lead at M-Lab commented on the 2020 list, remarking that, "Cable.co.uk's annual internet speed ranking using M-Lab data is a great example of open data being used to encourage public understanding of broadband speeds people receive around the world. Average speed rankings by country are a great starting point, and are a great starting point for deeper research and statistical analysis of the state of broadband using M-Lab's global broadband measurement datasets." 

When it came to generating the list, Cable.co.uk analyzed data collected by M-Lab. M-Lab’s research included data on internet speeds in 207 countries and territories. Of those tested, 29 of the 50 countries with the fastest internet speeds are located in Europe, six are in the Asia-Pacific region, and seven are in the Caribbean.

An interactive map, along with further insights and downloadable versions of M-Lab’s data set can be found on the Worldwide Speed League’s website. For now, here’s an inside look at the 16 countries with the fastest internet speeds.

1. Liechtenstein 

Mean download speed: 229.98Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 2 minutes, 58 seconds

Earning itself the top spot on this year’s list is Liechtenstein. Boasting a mean download speed of 29.98Mbps, downloading a 5GB movie in this Western European country takes a mere 2 minutes and 58 seconds. In comparison, downloading the same movie in South Sudan, the country with the slowest internet, takes upward of 19.5 hours.

2. Jersey

Mean download speeds: 218.37Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 3 minutes, 8 seconds

For those living on the coasts of Jersey, downloading a 5GB movie takes just over 3 minutes. With a mean download speed of 218.37Mbps, Jersey has found itself steadily climbing the worldwide internet speed list. The small country finds itself in second place this year, it sat at 3rd place just a year ago. 

3. Andorra

Mean download speed: 213.41Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 3 minutes, 12 seconds

Climbing the ranks among this year’s list is Andorra. While it came in at 12th place on last year’s list, the European country has found itself at No. 3 on the list this year with a mean download speed of 213.41Mbps. 

4. Gibraltar

Mean download speed: 183.09Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 3 minutes, 44 seconds

Gibraltar is another rising star in the world of fast internet speeds. It rings in at 183.09Mbps, putting it No. 4 on our list of fastest internet speeds in the world. At that pace, you can download a 5 GB movie in just 3 minutes, 44 seconds. 

5. Luxembourg

Mean download speed: 118.05Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 5 minutes, 47 seconds 

With a mean download speed of 118.05 Mbps, Luxembourg’s internet is the fifth-fastest in the world. This speed allows folks in the European country to download a 5GB movie in 5 minutes, 47 seconds.

6. Iceland

Mean download speed: 116.88Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 5 minutes, 50 seconds

Iceland... yes, Iceland, rings in at No. 6 on our list at a blazing 116.88Mbps, which allows users to download a 5GB movie in just 5 minutes, 50 seconds. 

7. Switzerland

Mean download speed: 110.45Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 6 minutes, 11 seconds 

Landing itself in the seventh spot on our list of countries with the fastest internet speeds is Switzerland — a two-spot improvement over last year. With a mean download speed of 110.45Mbps, those in Switzerland will have to sit tight for 6 minutes, 11 seconds when downloading a 5GB movie.

8. Hong Kong

Mean download speed: 105.32 Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 6 minutes, 29 seconds

We finally venture out of Europe and south to Asia where Hong Kong comes in at No. 8 on our list. This small Asian country offers a mean download speed of 105.32 Mbps, allowing users to download a 5GB movie in just 6 minutes, 29 seconds. 

9. Monaco

Mean download speed: 104.98Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 6 minutes, 30 seconds

Back to Europe we go, as Western Europe's Monaco comes in at ninth on our list of the fastest internet speeds in the world. Monaco offers a media download speed of 104.98Mbps, which allows users to download a 5GB movie in just 6 minutes, 30 seconds -- one second slower than in Hong Kong. 

10. Hungary

Mean download speed: 99.74Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 6 minutes, 51 seconds

Craving for fast internet speeds? Hungary will satisfy your appetite with a mean download speed of 99.74Mbps. This allows users to download a 5GB video in just 6 minutes, 51 seconds. 

11. Netherlands

Mean download speed: 95.60 Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 7 minutes, 8 seconds

While the Netherlands may be small, the country has a mean download speed of 95.60Mbps. This translates to a 5GB movie download taking just over 7 minutes.

12. Aruba

Mean download speed: 89.81Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 7 minutes, 36 seconds

With beautiful beaches and glorious weather, who needs the internet? Aruba, obviously. This island country in the Caribbean checks in with an impressive 89.81 Mbps mean download speed, allowing users to download a 5GB video in just 7 minutes, 36 seconds. 

Talk about up and coming, Aruba ranked 54th last year at just 15.15Mbps. 

13. Malta

Mean download speed: 87.36Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 7 minutes, 49 seconds

Europe just can't stay off our list, as Malta, which is in Western Europe, chacks in with a blazing 87.36Mbps mean download speed. This allows users to download a 5GB movie in just 7 minutes, 49 seconds. 

14. Denmark

Mean download speed: 85.03Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 8 minutes, 2 seconds

Denmark boasts the 14th-fastest internet speeds in the world. With a mean download speed of 85.03Mbps, those in Denmark can download a 5GB movie in 8 minutes, 2 seconds. 

15. Aland Islands

Mean download speed: 81.31Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 8 minutes, 24 seconds

With a mean download speed of 81.31Mbps, downloading a 5GB movie in Aland Islands, an autonomous region of Finland, takes just 8 minutes, 24 seconds. Regardless, the US improved its internet speeds since last year’s list, when the U.S. came in with a speed of 25.85Mbps. 

16. Sweden

Mean download speed: 81.29Mbps

Time to download a 5GB movie: 8 minutes, 24 seconds

Ah, Sweden. Ikea and Swedish meatballs aren’t all you have to offer. Boasting a mean download speed of 81.29Mbps, those in Sweden will wait just under 8.5 minutes when downloading their favorite 5GB Friday night flick. 

Sweden saw huge speed gains from last year's 55.18Mbps, but so did many other countries, dropping it 11 spots this year. 

Where the US and UK Rank

Two countries oddly lacking on this list are the US and UK. Neither one made the 2020 list of the faster internet speeds, despite the US being No. 16 last year. 

The US rang in at 71.30Mbps and 9 minutes, 34 seconds to download a 5GB movie. This placed it No. 20 on the list of fastest internet speeds. 

The UK tumbled from 35 last year to 47 this year with its 37.82Mbps speeds. At this pace, it would take a user 18 minutes, 3 seconds to download a 5 GB video. 

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