The 20 Most Wired Countries In the World

TransferWise content team
2 minute read

Europe and East Asia are the most connected regions, but Russia and South America are going mobile.

It has long been known that Scandanavian countries are among the most technologically advanced and connected in the world - as shown in this infographic from TransferWise in 2014.

However, how does the map look when you compare just the world's largest populations and economies?

We've crunched data from the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database - looking at fixed broadband penetration, mobile broadband penetration and the percentage of households that use the Internet - for 20 countries with over 5 million internet subscriptions to create a 'most wired' index.


While there are tiny countries like Singapore, Estonia, Finland and Luxembourg that have high mobile penetration or internet usage, we've looked exclusively at the largest populations and world economies to see how they compare.

The results show that Europe and East Asia are forging ahead. The Netherlands, Japan and the UK fill the top three spots, while South Korea, Germany, Australia and France tail them closely.

Meanwhile, Canada and the U.S. are further behind, with lower mobile penetration and broadband uptake, relative to their transatlantic and transpacific neighbours. However, they both have high internet usage overall, particularly Canada.

Interestingly, Italy and Russia are among the countries with lower overall connectivity, despite a very high mobile penetration.

Sending money internationally? Bank accounts in multiple countries? TransferWise can save you some money.

TransferWise uses the real exchange rate with no mark-up, unlike banks and brokers which add a big rate mark-up on top of their stated fees.

That means you can save nearly $50 on a $1000 wire compared to a bank for example. See how it compares on sterling, for example:


Learn more about how we calculate this here.

How does TransferWise cut the cost of international transfers? Bloomberg has the story:

TransferWise is the smart, new way to send money abroad.

Find out more