T-Index 2006, the languages that matter on the web

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T-Index helps you identify the languages used by the people that will most likely buy from your website or your advertisers. It combines the Internet population and its estimated GDP per capita.

T-Index is a statistical index developed by Translated. It is a percentage value that indicates the market share of each language on the Internet and the languages that offer the best sales potential when translating your website.

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  Countries T-Index Cumulative
T-Index
Languages Internet population Internet penetration GDP p.c. of Int. pop.*
(!) Restrictfed access to Internet
* GDP per capita of the Internet population
Note: The Internet population of North Korea and the GDP per capita of the Internet population of the Vatican were estimated by our agency. (!) Most of the population has restricted Internet access
1 USA 32.3% 32.309% 1 207,161,706 69.4 % $57,324
2 Japan 8.9% 41.245% 1 86,300,000 67.7 % $38,056
3 Germany 5.7% 46.981% 1 50,616,207 61.4 % $41,653
4 UK 4.7% 51.647% 1 37,600,000 62.0 % $45,619
5 China (!) 3.8% 55.445% 1 123,000,000 9.4 % $11,349
6 France 3.7% 59.173% 1 29,521,451 48.5 % $46,412
7 Italy 3.4% 62.549% 1 28,870,000 49.7 % $42,972
8 Canada 2.8% 65.342% 2 21,900,000 66.2 % $46,886
9 South Korea 2.8% 68.124% 1 33,900,000 69.4 % $30,164
10 Spain 2.3% 70.382% 2 19,204,771 47.5 % $43,209
11 Russia (!) 2.1% 72.482% 1 23,700,000 16.6 % $32,572
12 Mexico 1.9% 74.402% 1 18,622,500 17.3 % $37,885
13 Brazil 1.9% 76.278% 1 25,900,000 13.8 % $26,622
14 Australia 1.7% 78.018% 1 14,663,622 72.4 % $43,626
15 Taiwan 1.5% 79.527% 1 13,800,000 59.9 % $40,193
16 Netherlands 1.4% 80.916% 1 10,806,328 65.5 % $47,228
17 Turkey (!) 1.2% 82.118% 1 16,000,000 22.7 % $27,628
18 Poland 0.79% 82.906% 1 10,600,000 27.5 % $27,317
19 Sweden 0.76% 83.670% 1 6,800,000 75.4 % $41,297
20 Argentina 0.73% 84.404% 1 10,000,000 25.0 % $26,971
21 Belgium 0.66% 85.069% 2 5,100,000 49.1 % $47,904
22 Switzerland 0.66% 85.731% 3 5,097,822 67.8 % $47,756
23 Hong Kong 0.66% 86.393% 1 4,878,713 70.3 % $49,864
24 Malaysia (!) 0.62% 87.017% 1 11,016,000 45.2 % $20,819
25 Austria 0.61% 87.622% 1 4,650,000 56.8 % $47,836
26 India 0.60% 88.224% 2 40,000,000 3.7 % $5,534
27 Portugal 0.56% 88.787% 1 7,782,760 73.4 % $26,581
28 Norway 0.51% 89.299% 1 3,140,000 68.1 % $59,972
29 Greece 0.47% 89.769% 1 3,800,000 35.6 % $45,394
30 Singapore 0.47% 90.238% 2 2,421,000 53.9 % $71,227
31 South Africa 0.47% 90.705% 2 5,100,000 11.5 % $33,695
32 Iran (!) 0.45% 91.159% 1 7,500,000 10.9 % $22,229
33 Denmark 0.44% 91.601% 1 3,762,500 69.0 % $43,199
34 Chile 0.44% 92.041% 1 6,700,000 41.5 % $24,140
35 Thailand (!) 0.43% 92.476% 1 8,420,000 13.0 % $18,959
36 Czech Republic 0.41% 92.889% 1 5,100,000 49.8 % $29,770
37 Indonesia 0.38% 93.268% 1 18,000,000 7.3 % $7,740
38 Israel 0.37% 93.637% 1 3,700,000 58.2 % $36,639
39 Finland 0.36% 94.001% 1 3,286,000 62.8 % $40,753
40 Saudi Arabia (!) 0.36% 94.359% 1 2,540,000 9.4 % $51,780
41 Ireland 0.33% 94.688% 1 2,060,000 50.7 % $58,762
42 Colombia 0.32% 95.005% 1 4,739,000 10.9 % $24,607
43 United Arab Emirates (!) 0.27% 95.276% 1 1,397,200 53.7 % $71,237
44 Romania 0.27% 95.542% 1 4,940,000 22.1 % $19,769
45 New Zealand 0.26% 95.806% 1 3,200,000 78.5 % $30,334
46 Hungary 0.25% 96.060% 1 3,050,000 30.6 % $30,598
47 Peru 0.23% 96.292% 1 4,570,000 16.1 % $18,651
48 Venezuela 0.22% 96.515% 1 3,040,000 11.8 % $27,021
49 Vietnam (!) 0.21% 96.723% 1 14,210,244 16.8 % $5,367
50 Philippines 0.17% 96.898% 1 7,820,000 8.7 % $8,217
51 Slovakia 0.17% 97.066% 1 2,500,000 46.0 % $24,695
52 Ukraine 0.17% 97.232% 1 5,278,100 11.3 % $11,566
53 Egypt (!) 0.15% 97.377% 1 5,000,000 6.3 % $10,690
54 Pakistan 0.14% 97.521% 1 10,500,000 6.3 % $5,036
55 Kuwait 0.14% 97.663% 1 700,000 28.9 % $74,547
56 Belarus (!) 0.14% 97.803% 1 3,394,400 33.0 % $15,170
57 Bulgaria 0.14% 97.938% 1 2,200,000 29.8 % $22,600
58 Morocco 0.12% 98.056% 1 4,600,000 13.8 % $9,443
59 Croatia 0.11% 98.168% 1 1,451,100 32.3 % $28,300
60 Puerto Rico 0.11% 98.275% 1 1,000,000 25.5 % $39,304
61 Slovenia 0.10% 98.378% 1 1,090,000 54.2 % $34,781
62 Lithuania 0.093% 98.471% 1 1,221,700 34.1 % $28,018
63 Luxembourg 0.084% 98.556% 1 315,000 66.4 % $98,433
64 Qatar 0.079% 98.635% 1 165,000 18.6 % $176,460
65 Algeria 0.069% 98.704% 1 1,920,000 5.8 % $13,232
66 Latvia 0.066% 98.770% 1 1,030,000 45.3 % $23,597
67 Costa Rica 0.064% 98.834% 1 1,000,000 24.5 % $23,497
68 Serbia 0.064% 98.898% 1 1,400,000 14.9 % $16,727
69 Nigeria 0.063% 98.961% 1 5,000,000 3.8 % $4,657
70 Estonia 0.052% 99.013% 1 690,000 52.1 % $27,451
71 Lebanon 0.049% 99.062% 1 700,000 18.1 % $25,684
72 Dominican Rep 0.048% 99.109% 1 938,000 10.2 % $18,638
73 Tunisia (!) 0.047% 99.157% 1 953,000 9.4 % $18,288
74 Uruguay 0.047% 99.203% 1 680,000 19.8 % $25,305
75 Jamaica 0.046% 99.249% 1 1,067,000 38.7 % $15,753
76 Cyprus 0.037% 99.286% 1 298,000 38.0 % $45,763
77 Sudan 0.035% 99.321% 1 2,800,000 6.8 % $4,601
78 Oman 0.033% 99.355% 1 245,000 7.9 % $49,881
79 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0.031% 99.386% 1 806,400 17.9 % $14,204
80 Ecuador 0.031% 99.416% 1 616,000 4.5 % $18,297
81 El Salvador 0.031% 99.447% 1 637,100 9.3 % $17,625
82 Iceland 0.028% 99.475% 1 258,000 86.2 % $40,407
83 Bahrain (!) 0.028% 99.504% 1 152,700 21.9 % $68,081
84 Guatemala 0.026% 99.530% 1 756,000 6.1 % $12,833
85 Azerbaijan 0.024% 99.554% 1 678,800 8.5 % $12,881
86 Macedonia 0.022% 99.576% 1 392,671 19.1 % $20,683
87 Panama 0.021% 99.597% 1 300,000 9.4 % $26,129
88 Kazakhstan 0.021% 99.618% 1 400,000 2.6 % $19,494
89 Syria (!) 0.020% 99.639% 1 800,000 4.2 % $9,288
90 Macau 0.020% 99.658% 1 201,000 44.4 % $35,701
91 Jordan 0.018% 99.676% 1 629,500 10.7 % $10,606
92 Trinidad & Tobago 0.018% 99.694% 1 160,000 15.0 % $41,598
93 Brunei Darussalem 0.018% 99.712% 1 56,000 14.8 % $118,090
94 Libya 0.017% 99.729% 1 205,000 3.5 % $29,824
95 Bolivia 0.016% 99.745% 1 480,000 5.3 % $11,886
96 Malta 0.014% 99.759% 1 127,200 31.8 % $41,072
97 Barbados 0.013% 99.772% 1 160,000 57.2 % $30,711
98 Mauritius 0.013% 99.785% 1 180,000 14.5 % $26,921
99 Kenya 0.011% 99.797% 1 1,054,900 3.0 % $3,964
100 Uzbekistan (!) 0.011% 99.808% 1 880,000 3.2 % $4,724
101 Botswana 0.0071% 99.815% 1 60,000 3.7 % $43,783
102 Sri Lanka (!) 0.0071% 99.822% 1 280,000 1.4 % $9,369
103 Honduras 0.0071% 99.829% 1 223,000 3.0 % $11,638
104 Paraguay 0.0064% 99.836% 1 200,000 3.1 % $11,851
105 Moldova 0.0064% 99.842% 1 406,000 9.1 % $5,795
106 Guyana 0.0060% 99.848% 1 160,000 20.9 % $13,801
107 Gabon 0.0059% 99.854% 1 67,000 4.7 % $32,124
108 Angola 0.0058% 99.860% 1 172,000 1.4 % $12,478
109 Ghana 0.0058% 99.866% 1 401,300 1.8 % $5,269
110 Jersey 0.0057% 99.871% 1 27,000 29.6 % $78,144
111 Guernsey 0.0057% 99.877% 1 36,000 55.0 % $58,001
112 Montenegro 0.0055% 99.883% 1 117,000 18.6 % $17,286
113 Senegal 0.0054% 99.888% 1 540,000 4.5 % $3,709
114 Namibia 0.0048% 99.893% 1 75,000 3.7 % $23,504
115 Haiti 0.0048% 99.898% 1 500,000 6.0 % $3,505
116 Mongolia 0.0047% 99.902% 1 268,300 9.5 % $6,416
117 Georgia 0.0046% 99.907% 1 175,600 3.8 % $9,534
118 Cuba (!) 0.0043% 99.911% 1 190,000 1.7 % $8,362
119 Armenia 0.0037% 99.915% 1 150,000 5.0 % $9,067
120 Benin 0.0034% 99.918% 1 425,000 5.4 % $2,980
121 Uganda 0.0034% 99.922% 1 500,000 1.8 % $2,529
122 Zimbabwe 0.0034% 99.925% 1 1,000,000 8.2 % $1,243
123 Seychelles 0.0031% 99.928% 1 20,000 24.5 % $57,884
124 Yemen 0.0031% 99.931% 1 220,000 1.0 % $5,154
125 Saint Lucia 0.0031% 99.934% 1 55,000 32.6 % $20,511
126 Nicaragua 0.0029% 99.937% 1 140,000 2.5 % $7,712
127 Kyrgyzstan 0.0029% 99.940% 1 280,000 5.4 % $3,840
128 Andorra 0.0027% 99.943% 1 21,900 30.8 % $46,101
129 Greenland 0.0027% 99.946% 1 38,000 67.4 % $25,892
130 Albania 0.0025% 99.948% 1 75,000 2.1 % $12,469
131 Faroe Islands 0.0025% 99.951% 1 33,000 69.8 % $27,888
132 Papua New Guinea 0.0024% 99.953% 1 170,000 3.0 % $5,148
133 Bahamas 0.0024% 99.956% 1 93,000 306.2 % $9,379
134 Antigua & Barbuda 0.0023% 99.958% 1 20,000 28.9 % $42,953
135 Tanzania 0.0022% 99.960% 1 333,000 0.9 % $2,452
136 Cameroon 0.0021% 99.962% 1 167,000 1.0 % $4,678
137 Zambia 0.0021% 99.964% 1 231,000 2.0 % $3,340
138 San Marino 0.0021% 99.966% 1 14,300 48.9 % $53,294
139 Bangladesh 0.0020% 99.968% 1 300,000 0.2 % $2,504
140 Liechtenstein 0.0019% 99.970% 1 20,000 58.8 % $35,090
141 Monaco 0.0018% 99.972% 1 16,000 49.2 % $41,464
142 Suriname 0.0017% 99.974% 1 30,000 6.8 % $21,118
143 Fiji 0.0017% 99.976% 1 61,000 6.7 % $10,361
144 Cote D'Ivoire 0.0017% 99.977% 1 160,000 0.9 % $3,797
145 Grenada 0.0015% 99.979% 1 19,000 21.2 % $28,981
146 Togo 0.0014% 99.980% 1 300,000 5.4 % $1,678
147 Nepal 0.0013% 99.981% 1 175,000 0.6 % $2,777
148 Swaziland 0.0012% 99.983% 1 36,000 3.2 % $12,728
149 Turkmenistan (!) 0.0011% 99.984% 1 36,000 0.7 % $10,786
150 Congo 0.00099% 99.985% 1 36,000 1.0 % $10,098
151 St Kitts & Nevis 0.00086% 99.986% 1 10,000 25.6 % $31,459
152 Mozambique 0.00076% 99.986% 1 138,000 0.7 % $2,015
153 Maldives 0.00074% 99.987% 1 19,000 5.3 % $14,301
154 Bhutan 0.00069% 99.988% 1 25,000 1.1 % $10,103
155 Belize 0.00062% 99.988% 1 35,000 121.6 % $6,558
156 Iraq 0.00062% 99.989% 1 36,000 0.1 % $6,282
157 Gambia 0.00060% 99.990% 1 49,000 3.0 % $4,488
158 Madagascar 0.00058% 99.990% 1 90,000 0.5 % $2,351
159 St Vincent & Grenadines 0.00057% 99.991% 1 8,000 6.8 % $26,190
160 Cape Verde 0.00055% 99.991% 1 25,000 5.9 % $8,148
161 Myanmar (!) 0.00050% 99.992% 1 78,000 0.2 % $2,349
162 Sao Tome And Principe 0.00049% 99.992% 1 1,000,000 517.0 % $179
163 Cambodia 0.00048% 99.993% 1 41,000 0.3 % $4,344
164 Burkina Faso 0.00048% 99.993% 1 64,600 0.5 % $2,749
165 Equatorial Guinea 0.00044% 99.994% 1 5,000 0.9 % $32,161
166 Ethiopia 0.00043% 99.994% 1 113,000 0.2 % $1,397
167 Mali 0.00041% 99.995% 1 60,000 0.5 % $2,486
168 Lesotho 0.00038% 99.995% 1 43,000 2.1 % $3,268
169 Chad 0.00037% 99.995% 1 35,000 0.4 % $3,871
170 Somalia 0.00035% 99.996% 1 90,000 1.0 % $1,433
171 Eritrea (!) 0.00034% 99.996% 1 70,000 1.5 % $1,773
172 Guinea 0.00029% 99.996% 1 46,000 0.5 % $2,280
173 Rwanda 0.00029% 99.997% 1 38,000 0.4 % $2,758
174 Micronesia 0.00028% 99.997% 1 14,000 13.0 % $7,358
175 Laos 0.00028% 99.997% 1 25,000 0.4 % $4,067
176 Dem Rep Of The Congo 0.00027% 99.997% 1 140,600 0.2 % $701
177 Comoros 0.00021% 99.998% 1 20,000 2.9 % $3,942
178 Cook Islands 0.00021% 99.998% 1 3,600 16.8 % $21,740
179 Samoa 0.00021% 99.998% 1 6,000 3.4 % $12,881
180 Malawi 0.00021% 99.998% 1 52,500 0.4 % $1,440
181 Vanuatu 0.00020% 99.998% 1 7,500 3.6 % $9,690
182 Dominica 0.00020% 99.999% 1 20,500 297.5 % $3,525
183 Mauritania 0.00017% 99.999% 1 14,000 0.4 % $4,533
184 Guinea Bissau 0.00015% 99.999% 1 26,000 1.8 % $2,092
185 Solomon Islands 0.00014% 99.999% 1 8,400 1.5 % $6,089
186 Tonga 0.00013% 99.999% 1 3,000 2.6 % $16,134
187 Djibouti 0.00012% 99.999% 1 9,000 18.5 % $5,013
188 Afghanistan 0.000098% 99.999% 1 30,000 0.1 % $1,200
189 Niger 0.000092% 100.000% 1 24,000 0.2 % $1,415
190 Sierra Leone 0.000092% 100.000% 1 20,000 0.3 % $1,692
191 Kiribati 0.000079% 100.000% 1 2,000 1.9 % $14,591
192 North Korea (!) 0.000055% 100.000% 1 5,000 0.0 % $4,061
193 Burundi 0.000052% 100.000% 1 25,000 0.3 % $762
194 Central African Rep 0.000051% 100.000% 1 9,000 0.2 % $2,094
195 Tajikistan 0.000043% 100.000% 1 5,000 0.1 % $3,167
196 Marshall Islands 0.000038% 100.000% 1 2,000 3.3 % $6,928
197 Vatican City State 0.000021% 100.000% 1 93 10.0 % $83,615
198 Niue 0.000017% 100.000% 1 450 20.8 % $13,566
199 East Timor 0.000011% 100.000% 1 1,000 0.1 % $4,183
200 Nauru 0.000010% 100.000% 1 300 2.3 % $11,945
201 Tuvalu 0.000005% 100.000% 1 1,300 110.1 % $1,363
202 Liberia 0.000002% 100.000% 1 1,000 0.0 % $770

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Internet Censorship

In order to benefit from local users, translating your content just isn’t enough in some countries. Below is a map of countries for which the T-Index may provide information that is difficult to interpret without an understanding of local Internet limitations.

Internet Freedom Map | Source: Reporters without Borders http://en.rsf.org

Sources

Statistics used in the T-Index study were taken from the following reliable Internet based sources.

The number of Internet users for each country was taken from the Internet World Stats website which provides up-to-date world Internet statistics: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm.

In order to assign each country to a language market, we looked at the most commonly used languages in business, and online, in each country in question. Our worldwide network of freelance translators has also contributed to the project, helping to make it a reliable tool that reflects the reality of each country.

The total population of each country was taken from the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook (Washington, DC): https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/.

GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita data were taken from the International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook Database. For the countries or territories for which the GDP per capita was not indicated in the International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook Database, the data were taken from the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook.

To determine if a country has restricted access to online information, we looked at the ranking given by the international non-governmental organization Reporters without Borders, available on its official website: http://en.rsf.org/internet.html.

The percentage shares of income indicated by quintiles were taken from the online statistical data of the World Bank's Development Research Group: http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SI.DST.05TH.20. Not all the data refer to the same year (the World Bank data are from 1992 to 2009).

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