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Telecommunication in Finland

The development of telecommunications in Finland is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +358, there were a total of 7.35 million connections in 2020. Among them were 7.12 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.3 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 4.76 million webhosts, Finland is well above the world's average. At the end of 2020, 451,490 million of these, or about 9 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 92.73 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Finland ranked 34th in an international comparison. The upload rate of only 38 Mbit/second was significantly lower (42nd place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 5th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Finland comes 15th with a download speed of 72.11 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 14 Mbit was only enough for 29th place.

The Speedtest Global Index published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in April 2022 from 181 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.


Access to the Internet in Finland from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Finland 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerThe expansion of broadband Internet in Finland is roughly on a par with the EU average. Around 92% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 33% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the former ISDN (more than 256 kbit/s). All fixed connections via DSL, cable or satellite were counted here, but not those connected to the Internet via mobile communications. With around 2.0 people per household, this means that around 66.8 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Finland
Total
Finland
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users5.10 m92.17 %379.21 m84.74 %
Broadband users1.85 m33.38 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines225,000.004.07 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars7.12 m128.76 %540.56 m120.80 %

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