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Global VPN Adoption Index

Find out where your country ranks in terms of VPN usage

About the index

VPN usage varies widely around the world. Countries with internet restrictions ban social media platforms, websites, applications and employ numerous other censorship tools. Users turn to VPNs to avoid these restrictions. Others use VPNs to access geo-blocked streaming services. Also, many people connect to a VPN to ensure their privacy and security online. In 2020, people from 85 selected countries downloaded VPN applications over 277 million times. In 2021, the number reached 785 million.

Global VPN Adoption Index

Find out where your country ranks in terms of VPN usage

About the index

VPN usage varies widely around the world. Countries with internet restrictions ban social media platforms, websites, applications and employ numerous other censorship tools. Users turn to VPNs to avoid these restrictions. Others use VPNs to access geo-blocked streaming services. Also, many people connect to a VPN to ensure their privacy and security online. In 2020, people from 85 selected countries downloaded VPN applications over 277 million times. In 2021, the number reached 785 million.

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Highest VPN adoption rate by country

The adoption rate shows what percentage of the country's population downloaded VPN services in 2021.

1

Qatar

69.69%

2

UAE

59.52%

3

Singapore

49.14%

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Lowest VPN adoption rate by country

The adoption rate shows what percentage of the country's population downloaded VPN services in 2021.

83

South Africa

3.96%

84

Japan

1.56%

85

Madagascar

0.79%

Check your country’s VPN adoption index

The table displays VPN downloads by country, the country's population, and the VPN adoption rate in 2020 and 2021.
Pos.
Country
Downloads
Populationsort population
VPN adoption indexInfo icon
What % of the country's population downloaded VPN services in 2020 and 2021
2021sort downloads_primary
2020sort downloads_secondary
2021sort adoption_primary
2020sort adoption_secondary
1
Qatar
2 007 756
1 528 763
2.88M
69.69%
53.06%
2
United Arab Emirates
5 886 566
6 093 301
9.89M
59.52%
61.61%
3
Singapore
2 874 601
945 425
5.85M
49.14%
16.16%
4
Saudi Arabia
12 760 979
10 081 329
34.81M
36.65%
28.96%
5
Oman
1 718 353
1 805 478
5.11M
33.65%
35.36%
6
Kuwait
1 265 560
933 664
4.27M
29.63%
21.86%
7
Pakistan
65 370 311
13 259 084
220.89M
29.59%
6%
8
Kazakhstan
5 195 865
1 187 838
18.78M
27.67%
6.33%
9
Algeria
12 032 632
3 143 209
43.85M
27.44%
7.17%
10
Bolivia
3 152 877
284 040
11.67M
27.01%
2.43%
11
Lebanon
1 672 750
435 478
6.83M
24.51%
6.38%
12
El Salvador
1 499 446
199 088
6.49M
23.12%
3.07%
13
Ecuador
3 996 522
626 173
17.64M
22.65%
3.55%
14
Tunisia
2 671 136
591 643
11.82M
22.6%
5.01%
15
Turkey
19 020 753
9 449 156
84.34M
22.55%
11.2%
16
Malaysia
7 149 694
2 959 597
32.37M
22.09%
9.14%
17
Indonesia
60 356 339
41 960 387
273.52M
22.07%
15.34%
18
Costa Rica
1 122 181
212 319
5.09M
22.03%
4.17%
19
Dominican Republic
2 504 443
515 755
11.40M
21.96%
4.52%
20
India
277 152 450
45 248 196
1.38B
20.08%
3.28%
21
Venezuela
5 709 719
912 259
28.44M
20.08%
3.21%
22
Panama
820 424
327 896
4.31M
19.01%
7.6%
23
Colombia
9 385 406
1 492 397
50.88M
18.45%
2.93%
24
Nicaragua
1 188 911
193 427
6.62M
17.95%
2.92%
25
Uzbekistan
5 933 467
611 417
33.47M
17.73%
1.83%
26
Cambodia
2 912 190
342 034
16.72M
17.42%
2.05%
27
Paraguay
1 235 502
356 625
7.13M
17.32%
5%
28
Uruguay
584 991
157 187
3.47M
16.84%
4.53%
29
Netherlands
2 801 098
1 639 583
17.13M
16.35%
9.57%
30
Luxembourg
102 115
55 619
625.98K
16.31%
8.89%
31
Ukraine
7 121 198
3 442 970
43.73M
16.28%
7.87%
32
Argentina
7 264 811
2 372 693
45.20M
16.07%
5.25%
33
United States
53 130 805
38 117 671
331.00M
16.05%
11.52%
34
Guatemala
2 806 958
449 685
17.92M
15.67%
2.51%
35
Azerbaijan
1 561 842
2 267 024
10.14M
15.4%
22.36%
36
Peru
5 002 791
1 016 430
32.97M
15.17%
3.08%
37
UK
10 055 282
8 192 613
67.89M
14.81%
12.07%
38
Egypt
15 016 374
2 897 635
102.33M
14.67%
2.83%
39
Philippines
15 514 314
7 265 777
109.58M
14.16%
6.63%
40
Ireland
657 646
517 908
5.06M
13%
10.24%
41
Sri Lanka
2 705 252
409 859
21.41M
12.63%
1.91%
42
Belarus
1 184 939
634 846
9.45M
12.54%
6.72%
43
Vietnam
12 079 080
3 262 426
97.34M
12.41%
3.35%
44
Chile
2 366 039
956 736
19.12M
12.38%
5%
45
Hong Kong
893 865
730 656
7.50M
11.92%
9.75%
46
Ghana
3 586 121
405 105
31.26M
11.47%
1.3%
47
Israel
986 309
680 697
8.66M
11.4%
7.86%
48
Mexico
14 589 336
4 262 070
128.93M
11.32%
3.31%
49
Brazil
23 167 788
9 677 209
212.56M
10.9%
4.55%
50
Canada
3 990 795
3 432 173
37.74M
10.57%
9.09%
51
Portugal
1 056 597
669 379
10.20M
10.36%
6.56%
52
New Zealand
496 361
481 086
4.82M
10.29%
9.98%
53
South Korea
5 130 451
4 470 980
51.27M
10.01%
8.72%
54
Australia
2 503 351
2 498 393
25.50M
9.82%
9.8%
55
Lithuania
257 984
139 488
2.72M
9.48%
5.12%
56
France
6 017 733
3 425 823
65.27M
9.22%
5.25%
57
Germany
7 551 170
3 678 660
83.78M
9.01%
4.39%
58
Hungary
844 656
283 829
9.66M
8.74%
2.94%
59
Russia
12 585 576
4 920 651
145.93M
8.62%
3.37%
60
Romania
1 619 518
562 179
19.24M
8.42%
2.92%
61
Greece
864 267
372 716
10.42M
8.29%
3.58%
62
Latvia
151 135
71 012
1.89M
8.01%
3.76%
63
Belgium
915 717
609 222
11.59M
7.9%
5.26%
64
Sweden
790 004
553 703
10.10M
7.82%
5.48%
65
Croatia
308 887
169 257
4.11M
7.52%
4.12%
66
Estonia
92 729
62 941
1.33M
6.99%
4.74%
67
Thailand
4 861 890
1 487 880
69.80M
6.97%
2.13%
68
Nigeria
14 289 099
3 351 521
206.14M
6.93%
1.63%
69
Norway
363 835
302 894
5.42M
6.71%
5.59%
70
Slovakia
358 566
162 005
5.46M
6.57%
2.97%
71
Italy
3 880 248
2 641 222
60.46M
6.42%
4.37%
72
Bulgaria
442 721
164 775
6.95M
6.37%
2.37%
73
Switzerland
569 051
369 513
8.95M
6.36%
4.13%
74
Spain
2 945 038
1 998 460
46.75M
6.3%
4.27%
75
Austria
560 246
295 229
9.01M
6.22%
3.28%
76
Slovenia
121 450
56 448
2.08M
5.84%
2.72%
77
Denmark
318 215
278 784
5.79M
5.49%
4.81%
78
Czech Republic
570 247
335 437
10.71M
5.32%
3.13%
79
Finland
277 578
271 266
5.54M
5.01%
4.9%
80
Taiwan
1 211 894
629 805
24.21M
5.01%
2.6%
81
Kenya
2 680 954
271 979
53.77M
4.99%
0.51%
82
Poland
1 581 402
998 726
37.85M
4.18%
2.64%
83
South Africa
2 365 233
781 806
59.73M
3.96%
1.31%
84
Japan
1 972 875
1 383 635
126.48M
1.56%
1.09%
85
Madagascar
217 476
36 259
27.69M
0.79%
0.13%

Methodology

Atlas VPN research team analyzed and ranked 85 countries in terms of VPN usage in 2020 and 2021. The VPN penetration rate was calculated by summing up VPN downloads by country and dividing them by the country’s population. The VPN download data is extracted from Google Play Store and Apple App Store using the Sensor Tower service. Download data includes the 45 biggest VPN providers.

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