16 countries with the fastest internet speeds

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

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

Compiled by Cable.co.uk, and gathered by M-Lab, 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 third 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 5 GB movie. 

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Chris Ritzo, program management and community lead at M-Lab commented on this year’s 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 this year’s 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, 37 of the 50 countries with the fastest internet speeds are located in Europe, 10 are in the Asia-Pacific region, two are in North America and only one is in Africa.

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. Taiwan 

Mean download speed: 85.02 Mbps

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

Earning itself the top spot on this year’s list is Taiwan. Boasting a mean download speed of 85 Mbps, downloading a 5 GB movie in Taiwan takes a mere 8.2 minutes. In comparison, downloading the same movie in Yemen, the country with the slowest internet takes upward of 30 hours.

2. Singapore

Mean download speed: 70.86 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 9 minutes, 36 seconds

With a mean download speed of 70.86 Mbps and a 5 GB movie download time of 9 minutes and 38 seconds, Singapore has the second-fastest internet speed in the world. Last year, Singapore held the top spot with a download speed of 60.38 Mbps.

3. Jersey

Mean download speeds: 67.46 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: ~10 minutes

For those living on the coasts of Jersey, downloading a 5 GB movie takes just over 10 minutes. With a mean download speed of 67.46 Mbps, Jersey has found itself steadily climbing the worldwide internet speed list. The small country finds itself in third place this year, it sat at 10th place just a year ago. 

4. Sweden

Mean download speed: 55.18 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 12 minutes, 22 seconds

Ah, Sweden. Ikea and Swedish meatballs aren’t all you have to offer. Boasting a mean download speed of 55.18 Mbps, those in Sweden will wait just under 12.5 minutes when downloading their favorite 5 GB Friday night flick. 

5. Denmark

Mean download speed: 49.19 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 13 minutes, 53 seconds

Neighboring Sweden, Denmark boasts the fourth-fastest internet speeds. With an average speed of 49.19 Mbps, those in Denmark can download a 5 GB movie in 13 minutes, 53 seconds. 

6. Japan

Mean download speed: 42.77 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 15 minutes, 58 seconds

Coming in sixth on this year’s list is Japan. With a mean download speed of 42.77 Mbps, the average time to download a 5 GB movie in Japan is nearly 16 minutes. While this is nearly 2 minutes slower than Denmark, it’s still well above average.

7. Luxembourg

Mean download speed: 41.69 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 16 minutes, 23 seconds 

With a mean download speed of 41.69 Mbps, Luxembourg’s internet is the seventh-fastest in the world. This speed allows folks in the European country to download a 5 GB movie in 16 minutes, 23 seconds.

8. Netherlands

Mean download speed: 40.21 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 16 minutes, 59 seconds

While the Netherlands may be small, the country has a mean download speed of 40.21 Mbps. This translates to a 5 GB movie download taking just shy of 17 minutes.

9. Switzerland

Mean download speed: 38.85 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 17 minutes, 34 seconds 

Landing itself in the ninth 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 38.85 Mbps, those in Switzerland will have to sit tight for over 17.5 minutes when downloading a 5 GB movie.

10. San Marino

Mean download speed: 38.73 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 17 minutes, 37 seconds

Also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino, those in San Marino will find themselves enjoying a mean download speed of 38.73 Mbps. Downloading a 5 GB movie will take 17 minutes, 37 seconds. 

11. Norway

Mean download speed: 38.46 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 17 minutes, 45 seconds

Last year, Norway stood in 4th place. This year, the Scandinavian country has fallen seven spots. Last year, the country had a mean download speed of 40.12 Mbps in 2018. This year, though, Norway came in at 38.46 Mbps.

12. Andorra

Mean download speed: 38.30 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 17 minutes, 49 seconds

Climbing the ranks among this year’s list is Andorra. While it came in at 18th place on last year’s list, the European country has found itself at No. 12 on the list this year with a mean download speed of 38.31 Mbps. 

13. Spain

Mean download speed: 36.06 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 18 minutes, 56 seconds

With a mean download speed of 36.06 Mbps, downloading a 5 GB movie in Spain will require about a 19-minute wait. While 19 minutes may seem long, the country has moved upward from No. 16 last year.

14. Belgium

Mean download speed: 35.69 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 19 minutes, 8 seconds

Moving down the list by a full nine spots this year is Belgium. While the country boasted a mean download speed of 36.70 Mbps in the previous year, this year Belgium’s mean download speed came in at a slower 35.69 Mbps.

15. United States

Mean download speed: 32.89 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 20 minutes, 45 seconds

With a mean download speed of 32.89 Mbps, downloading a 5 GB movie in the U.S. could take 20 minutes, 45 seconds. Regardless, the U.S. improved its internet speeds since last year’s list, when the U.S. came in with a speed of 25.85 Mbps. 

16. Latvia

Mean download speed: 32.74 Mbps

Time to download a 5 GB movie: 20 minutes, 51 seconds

Last year, Latvia had a mean download speed of 28.62 Mbps, but its speeds climbed to an average of 32.74 Mbps in time for this year’s list. With this improvement, Latvian movie watchers must wait just shy of 21 minutes to download a 5 GB movie. 

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