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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 14.27 million connections in 2020. Among them were 12.79 million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.2 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

With about 5.98 million webhosts, Sweden is below the world's average by population. At the end of 2020, 338,969 million of these, or about 6 percent, were secured with SSL or comparable encryption.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 102.24 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Sweden ranked 25th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 93.58 Mbit/second (14th 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, Sweden comes 16th with a download speed of 72.07 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 13 Mbit was only enough for 38th 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 Sweden from 1990 - 2020

Broadband internet in Sweden 2000 - 2020

Symbol image: cell towerSweden is doing very well in the expansion of broadband Internet connections. Around 95% of all residents have access to the Internet. Around 40% 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 80.7 percent of all households are equipped with a fast Internet connection.

Landlines 1990 - 2020

Mobile phones 1990 - 2020



Distribution in 2020Sweden
Total
Sweden
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users9.79 m94.54 %379.21 m84.74 %
Broadband users4.18 m40.37 %163.72 m36.59 %
Landlines1.48 m14.28 %160.15 m35.79 %
Mobile cellulars12.79 m123.55 %540.56 m120.80 %

Comparison: Sweden / United StatesCountry comparison Sweden : United StatesThe United States and Sweden compared: demography, Economy, energy, languages and further dimensions.
United States: TelecommunicationTelecommunication in the United StatesComparison of technological development and communication in the United States with the countries of the European Union
Sweden: Population growthPopulation growth in SwedenPopulation growth of the last 60 years in Sweden compared to the global average