T-Index 2009, 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.

T-Index data summary 2009

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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 27.6% 27.574% 1 220,141,969 72.5 % $58,607
2 China (!) 8.0% 35.570% 1 253,000,000 19.0 % $14,789
3 Japan 7.9% 43.436% 1 94,000,000 73.8 % $39,154
4 Germany 5.1% 48.490% 1 52,533,914 63.8 % $45,013
5 UK 4.1% 52.594% 1 41,817,847 68.6 % $45,921
6 France 3.6% 56.180% 1 36,153,327 56.4 % $46,414
7 Italy 3.1% 59.250% 1 34,708,144 59.7 % $41,387
8 Brazil 2.8% 62.051% 1 50,000,000 25.5 % $26,214
9 Canada 2.6% 64.670% 2 28,000,000 84.3 % $43,758
10 Russia (!) 2.5% 67.192% 1 32,700,000 23.2 % $36,087
11 South Korea 2.5% 69.674% 1 34,820,000 72.0 % $33,356
12 Spain 2.2% 71.888% 2 25,623,329 63.3 % $40,423
13 Mexico 2.0% 73.862% 1 23,700,000 21.6 % $38,971
14 Australia 1.6% 75.454% 1 16,355,427 77.9 % $45,567
15 Netherlands 1.4% 76.869% 1 15,000,000 90.1 % $44,112
16 Taiwan 1.4% 78.244% 1 15,400,000 67.2 % $41,779
17 Turkey (!) 1.3% 79.592% 1 26,500,000 36.9 % $23,804
18 Iran (!) 0.97% 80.563% 1 23,000,000 34.9 % $19,764
19 Poland 0.95% 81.511% 1 16,000,000 41.6 % $27,715
20 Argentina 0.90% 82.410% 1 16,000,000 39.5 % $26,309
21 India 0.85% 83.258% 2 60,000,000 5.2 % $6,611
22 Saudi Arabia (!) 0.68% 83.939% 1 6,200,000 22.0 % $51,380
23 Malaysia (!) 0.65% 84.592% 1 14,904,000 59.0 % $20,488
24 Sweden 0.65% 85.242% 1 7,000,000 77.4 % $43,484
25 Colombia 0.63% 85.868% 1 13,745,600 30.5 % $21,317
26 Thailand (!) 0.60% 86.471% 1 13,416,000 20.5 % $21,000
27 Hong Kong 0.59% 87.061% 1 4,878,713 69.5 % $56,679
28 Belgium 0.59% 87.647% 2 5,490,000 52.8 % $49,888
29 Switzerland 0.58% 88.223% 3 5,230,351 69.0 % $51,537
30 Austria 0.53% 88.749% 1 4,650,000 56.7 % $52,919
31 Norway 0.49% 89.242% 1 4,074,100 87.7 % $56,690
32 Indonesia 0.48% 89.720% 1 25,000,000 10.5 % $8,947
33 Portugal 0.48% 90.196% 1 7,782,760 72.9 % $28,600
34 Romania 0.44% 90.640% 1 12,000,000 53.9 % $17,322
35 Singapore 0.42% 91.061% 2 2,700,000 58.6 % $72,938
36 South Africa 0.41% 91.471% 2 5,100,000 10.5 % $37,549
37 Greece 0.41% 91.878% 1 3,800,000 35.4 % $50,125
38 Chile 0.40% 92.282% 1 7,387,000 44.9 % $25,613
39 United Arab Emirates (!) 0.38% 92.663% 1 2,300,000 49.8 % $77,570
40 Venezuela 0.37% 93.036% 1 5,940,426 22.5 % $29,387
41 Czech Republic 0.37% 93.403% 1 5,100,000 49.9 % $33,609
42 Denmark 0.36% 93.767% 1 3,762,500 68.6 % $45,348
43 Israel 0.34% 94.104% 1 3,700,000 52.0 % $42,624
44 Finland 0.33% 94.439% 1 3,600,000 68.6 % $43,504
45 Peru 0.32% 94.757% 1 7,636,400 26.2 % $19,473
46 Ukraine 0.28% 95.036% 1 10,000,000 21.7 % $13,073
47 Philippines 0.28% 95.312% 1 14,000,000 14.6 % $9,228
48 Ireland 0.27% 95.581% 1 2,060,000 49.6 % $61,082
49 Hungary 0.26% 95.845% 1 4,200,000 42.3 % $29,373
50 Vietnam (!) 0.25% 96.098% 1 20,159,615 23.4 % $5,864
51 New Zealand 0.23% 96.325% 1 3,360,000 80.5 % $31,688
52 Egypt (!) 0.23% 96.551% 1 8,620,000 10.5 % $12,233
53 Pakistan 0.21% 96.762% 1 17,500,000 10.1 % $5,663
54 Belarus (!) 0.20% 96.966% 1 6,000,000 61.9 % $15,898
55 Bulgaria 0.17% 97.135% 1 4,000,000 55.1 % $19,748
56 Morocco 0.16% 97.294% 1 7,300,000 21.3 % $10,185
57 Slovakia 0.16% 97.449% 1 2,350,000 43.1 % $30,933
58 Kuwait 0.14% 97.590% 1 900,000 34.7 % $73,374
59 Croatia 0.12% 97.711% 1 1,995,400 44.4 % $28,259
60 Nigeria 0.11% 97.823% 1 10,000,000 6.8 % $5,260
61 Algeria 0.11% 97.931% 1 3,500,000 10.4 % $14,398
62 Slovenia 0.10% 98.035% 1 1,300,000 64.8 % $37,519
63 Qatar 0.097% 98.132% 1 351,000 42.6 % $128,806
64 Lithuania 0.093% 98.225% 1 1,333,200 37.4 % $32,561
65 Dominican Rep 0.091% 98.316% 1 2,100,000 22.1 % $20,338
66 Puerto Rico 0.083% 98.399% 1 1,000,000 25.3 % $38,826
67 Tunisia (!) 0.079% 98.478% 1 1,765,430 17.0 % $20,953
68 Luxembourg 0.077% 98.555% 1 345,000 71.0 % $104,123
69 Costa Rica 0.069% 98.624% 1 1,500,000 35.7 % $21,460
70 Kazakhstan 0.067% 98.691% 1 1,400,000 9.1 % $22,484
71 Serbia 0.062% 98.753% 1 1,500,000 14.8 % $19,326
72 Latvia 0.059% 98.812% 1 1,070,800 47.7 % $25,784
73 Lebanon 0.058% 98.870% 1 950,000 23.9 % $28,460
74 Uruguay 0.058% 98.927% 1 1,100,000 31.6 % $24,495
75 Ecuador 0.048% 98.976% 1 1,109,967 8.0 % $20,445
76 Syria (!) 0.047% 99.022% 1 2,132,000 10.8 % $10,269
77 Estonia 0.046% 99.069% 1 780,000 59.7 % $27,711
78 Jamaica 0.044% 99.113% 1 1,500,000 53.5 % $13,705
79 Azerbaijan 0.041% 99.153% 1 1,035,600 12.7 % $18,366
80 Guatemala 0.040% 99.193% 1 1,320,000 10.2 % $14,110
81 Oman 0.039% 99.232% 1 300,000 9.1 % $60,572
82 Trinidad & Tobago 0.037% 99.269% 1 593,000 56.6 % $29,208
83 Cyprus 0.037% 99.306% 1 380,000 47.9 % $45,152
84 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0.036% 99.341% 1 1,055,000 23.0 % $15,785
85 Bahrain (!) 0.034% 99.375% 1 250,000 34.8 % $63,428
86 Jordan 0.030% 99.405% 1 1,126,700 18.2 % $12,388
87 Brunei Darussalem 0.029% 99.434% 1 176,029 46.2 % $78,037
88 El Salvador 0.029% 99.463% 1 700,000 9.9 % $19,230
89 Kenya 0.027% 99.490% 1 3,000,000 7.9 % $4,269
90 Macedonia 0.027% 99.518% 1 685,000 33.2 % $18,547
91 Iceland 0.025% 99.543% 1 258,000 84.8 % $45,837
92 Macau 0.024% 99.566% 1 238,000 43.6 % $46,517
93 Uzbekistan (!) 0.021% 99.588% 1 1,745,000 6.4 % $5,759
94 Mauritius 0.019% 99.607% 1 340,000 26.7 % $26,831
95 Panama 0.018% 99.626% 1 264,316 8.0 % $32,741
96 Libya 0.018% 99.644% 1 260,000 4.2 % $33,130
97 Sri Lanka (!) 0.018% 99.662% 1 771,700 3.7 % $10,978
98 Sudan 0.017% 99.679% 1 1,500,000 3.7 % $5,257
99 Bolivia 0.017% 99.696% 1 580,000 6.3 % $13,323
100 Albania 0.015% 99.711% 1 471,200 13.0 % $14,837
101 Malta 0.015% 99.725% 1 158,200 39.2 % $42,934
102 Bahamas 0.014% 99.739% 1 120,000 39.0 % $54,647
103 Cuba (!) 0.013% 99.753% 1 240,000 2.1 % $26,279
104 Uganda 0.013% 99.765% 1 2,000,000 6.4 % $2,936
105 Barbados 0.012% 99.777% 1 180,000 63.8 % $31,327
106 Moldova 0.010% 99.788% 1 700,000 16.2 % $6,801
107 Montenegro 0.0100% 99.798% 1 280,000 41.3 % $16,689
108 Honduras 0.0095% 99.807% 1 344,100 4.5 % $12,941
109 Georgia 0.0089% 99.816% 1 360,000 7.8 % $11,589
110 Ghana 0.0085% 99.824% 1 650,000 2.8 % $6,083
111 Botswana 0.0083% 99.833% 1 80,000 4.3 % $48,491
112 Haiti 0.0079% 99.841% 1 1,000,000 11.2 % $3,718
113 Paraguay 0.0075% 99.848% 1 260,000 3.8 % $13,536
114 Kyrgyzstan 0.0074% 99.856% 1 750,000 14.0 % $4,627
115 Senegal 0.0071% 99.863% 1 820,000 6.4 % $4,031
116 Jersey 0.0064% 99.869% 1 27,000 29.5 % $111,609
117 Gabon 0.0061% 99.875% 1 81,000 5.5 % $35,088
118 Guyana 0.0058% 99.881% 1 190,000 24.6 % $14,354
119 Namibia 0.0056% 99.887% 1 100,100 4.8 % $26,202
120 Mongolia 0.0054% 99.892% 1 320,000 10.7 % $7,856
121 Guernsey 0.0050% 99.897% 1 36,000 54.8 % $64,826
122 Armenia 0.0043% 99.901% 1 172,800 5.8 % $11,555
123 Zambia 0.0040% 99.905% 1 500,000 4.3 % $3,754
124 Antigua & Barbuda 0.0040% 99.909% 1 60,000 71.0 % $31,072
125 Andorra 0.0039% 99.913% 1 24,000 29.0 % $76,519
126 Cameroon 0.0039% 99.917% 1 370,000 2.0 % $4,937
127 Yemen 0.0037% 99.921% 1 320,000 1.4 % $5,464
128 Angola 0.0037% 99.924% 1 100,000 0.8 % $17,366
129 Saint Lucia 0.0037% 99.928% 1 110,000 68.9 % $15,529
130 Seychelles 0.0031% 99.931% 1 32,000 38.9 % $45,385
131 Bangladesh 0.0031% 99.934% 1 500,000 0.3 % $2,882
132 Sao Tome And Principe 0.0030% 99.937% 1 1,351,000 11.9 % $1,041
133 Zimbabwe 0.0030% 99.940% 1 1,351,000 11.9 % $1,028
134 Faroe Islands 0.0029% 99.943% 1 34,000 69.9 % $39,292
135 Nicaragua 0.0028% 99.946% 1 155,000 2.7 % $8,422
136 Cote D'Ivoire 0.0025% 99.948% 1 300,000 1.5 % $3,913
137 Tanzania 0.0024% 99.951% 1 400,000 1.0 % $2,844
138 Greenland 0.0024% 99.953% 1 52,000 90.3 % $21,477
139 Nepal 0.0023% 99.956% 1 337,100 1.1 % $3,144
140 Suriname 0.0022% 99.958% 1 44,000 9.2 % $23,896
141 St Vincent & Grenadines 0.0022% 99.960% 1 57,000 48.1 % $18,320
142 Turkmenistan (!) 0.0021% 99.962% 1 70,000 1.4 % $14,006
143 Fiji 0.0018% 99.964% 1 80,000 8.6 % $10,736
144 Monaco 0.0018% 99.966% 1 20,000 61.0 % $41,298
145 Afghanistan 0.0017% 99.967% 1 580,000 1.8 % $1,400
146 San Marino 0.0017% 99.969% 1 15,600 52.0 % $50,852
147 Liechtenstein 0.0016% 99.971% 1 23,000 66.7 % $32,584
148 Congo 0.0016% 99.972% 1 70,000 1.8 % $10,423
149 Grenada 0.0015% 99.974% 1 23,000 25.5 % $29,803
150 Papua New Guinea 0.0014% 99.975% 1 110,000 1.9 % $5,907
151 Dominica 0.0013% 99.976% 1 26,500 36.5 % $23,221
152 Maldives 0.0013% 99.978% 1 33,000 8.6 % $17,776
153 Swaziland 0.0012% 99.979% 1 42,000 3.7 % $13,808
154 Togo 0.0012% 99.980% 1 320,000 5.5 % $1,758
155 Bhutan 0.0011% 99.981% 1 40,000 5.9 % $12,681
156 Ethiopia 0.0011% 99.982% 1 291,000 0.4 % $1,734
157 Gambia 0.0011% 99.983% 1 100,200 5.8 % $4,965
158 Rwanda 0.0010% 99.984% 1 150,000 1.5 % $3,265
159 Benin 0.0010% 99.985% 1 150,000 1.8 % $3,259
160 Laos 0.0010% 99.986% 1 100,000 1.5 % $4,795
161 Mozambique 0.00100% 99.987% 1 200,000 0.9 % $2,334
162 St Kitts & Nevis 0.00099% 99.988% 1 15,000 37.7 % $30,836
163 Iraq 0.00080% 99.989% 1 54,000 0.2 % $6,943
164 Cambodia 0.00079% 99.990% 1 70,000 0.5 % $5,293
165 Cape Verde 0.00076% 99.991% 1 37,000 8.7 % $9,610
166 Equatorial Guinea 0.00073% 99.992% 1 8,000 1.3 % $42,942
167 Madagascar 0.00063% 99.992% 1 110,000 0.5 % $2,668
168 Mali 0.00058% 99.993% 1 100,000 0.8 % $2,731
169 Lesotho 0.00054% 99.993% 1 70,000 3.3 % $3,612
170 Belize 0.00052% 99.994% 1 32,000 106.2 % $7,557
171 Burkina Faso 0.00051% 99.994% 1 80,000 0.5 % $3,010
172 Malawi 0.00051% 99.995% 1 139,500 1.0 % $1,699
173 Chad 0.00051% 99.995% 1 60,000 0.6 % $3,946
174 Eritrea (!) 0.00041% 99.996% 1 120,000 2.2 % $1,599
175 Dem Rep Of The Congo 0.00039% 99.996% 1 230,400 0.3 % $784
176 Tonga 0.00031% 99.996% 1 8,400 7.1 % $17,189
177 Mauritania 0.00030% 99.997% 1 30,000 0.9 % $4,755
178 Somalia 0.00030% 99.997% 1 98,000 1.0 % $1,433
179 Guinea 0.00026% 99.997% 1 50,000 0.5 % $2,451
180 Micronesia 0.00025% 99.998% 1 16,000 14.9 % $7,358
181 Samoa 0.00025% 99.998% 1 8,000 3.7 % $14,415
182 Myanmar (!) 0.00024% 99.998% 1 40,000 0.1 % $2,755
183 Palau 0.00018% 99.998% 1 5,400 25.6 % $15,931
184 Comoros 0.00018% 99.998% 1 21,000 2.9 % $4,036
185 Guinea Bissau 0.00018% 99.999% 1 37,000 2.5 % $2,242
186 Vanuatu 0.00018% 99.999% 1 7,500 3.5 % $11,016
187 Tajikistan 0.00015% 99.999% 1 19,500 0.3 % $3,712
188 Cook Islands 0.00014% 99.999% 1 3,600 29.3 % $17,863
189 Niger 0.00014% 99.999% 1 40,000 0.3 % $1,583
190 Djibouti 0.00013% 99.999% 1 11,000 2.2 % $5,581
191 North Korea (!) 0.00013% 99.999% 1 15,000 0.1 % $4,061
192 Solomon Islands 0.00012% 100.000% 1 8,000 1.4 % $7,262
193 Burundi 0.00011% 100.000% 1 60,000 0.7 % $834
194 Kiribati 0.000063% 100.000% 1 2,000 1.8 % $14,684
195 Central African Rep 0.000062% 100.000% 1 13,000 0.3 % $2,240
196 Sierra Leone 0.000053% 100.000% 1 13,000 0.2 % $1,896
197 Marshall Islands 0.000033% 100.000% 1 2,200 3.5 % $6,928
198 Tuvalu 0.000026% 100.000% 1 4,000 32.8 % $2,985
199 Vatican City State 0.000017% 100.000% 1 93 11.3 % $83,615
200 Niue 0.000015% 100.000% 1 900 62.3 % $7,877
201 East Timor 0.000013% 100.000% 1 1,200 0.1 % $5,077
202 Nauru 0.000007% 100.000% 1 300 21.8 % $11,396
203 Liberia 0.000002% 100.000% 1 1,000 0.0 % $862

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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. The data refer to 2009 and is presented in current international dollars. 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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