Telecommunication in Sweden

The development of telecommunications in Sweden is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +46, there were a total of 14.58 m connections in 2020. Among them were 12.96 m 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.

The expansion of the broadband Internet in Sweden is roughly equal to the EU average. Around 95% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 40% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 5.98 m webhosts, Sweden is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 169.88 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sweden ranked 21st in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 139.71 Mbit/second (13th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Sweden comes 14th with a download speed of 96.29 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 18 Mbit was enough for 21st place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 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 Sweden from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Sweden 2000 - 2020

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020

Distribution in 2020Sweden
Internet users9.79 m94.54 %393.46 m87.87 %
Broadband users4.10 m39.61 %162.67 m36.33 %
Landlines1.62 m15.69 %159.99 m35.73 %
Mobile cellulars12.96 m125.17 %541.96 m121.03 %