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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, while during the first half of 2022, users downloaded VPN applications nearly 215 million times.

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, while during the first half of 2022, users downloaded VPN applications nearly 215 million times.

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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 H1 2022.

1

UAE

25.72%

2

Qatar

24.03%

3

Russia

23.94%

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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 H1 2022.

67

Nigeria

1.84%

68

Thailand

1.29%

69

Japan

0.71%

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, 2021 and H1 2022.
Pos.
Country
Downloads
Populationsort population
VPN adoption indexInfo icon
What % of the country's population downloaded VPN services in 2020, 2021 and H1 2022
H1 2022sort downloads_primary
2021sort downloads_secondary
2020sort downloads_tertiary
H1 2022sort adoption_primary
2021sort adoption_secondary
2020sort adoption_tertiary
1
United Arab Emirates
2 543 893
5 886 566
6 093 301
9.89M
25.72%
59.52%
61.61%
2
Qatar
692 160
2 007 756
1 528 763
2.88M
24.03%
69.69%
53.06%
3
Russia
34 941 778
12 585 576
4 920 651
145.93M
23.94%
8.62%
3.37%
4
Singapore
1 188 491
2 874 601
945 425
5.85M
20.32%
49.14%
16.16%
5
Oman
943 005
1 718 353
1 805 478
5.11M
18.45%
33.65%
35.36%
6
Saudi Arabia
5 275 220
12 760 979
10 081 329
34.81M
15.15%
36.65%
28.96%
7
Kuwait
515 673
1 265 560
933 664
4.27M
12.08%
29.63%
21.86%
8
Luxembourg
68 520
102 115
55 619
625.98K
10.95%
16.31%
8.89%
9
Netherlands
1 852 195
2 801 098
1 639 583
17.13M
10.81%
16.35%
9.57%
10
Ukraine
4 206 081
7 121 198
3 442 970
43.73M
9.62%
16.28%
7.87%
11
Kazakhstan
1 786 532
5 195 865
1 187 838
18.78M
9.51%
27.67%
6.33%
12
UK
6 007 244
10 055 282
8 192 613
67.89M
8.85%
14.81%
12.07%
13
Turkey
7 378 284
19 020 753
9 449 156
84.34M
8.75%
22.55%
11.2%
14
United States
23 586 917
53 130 805
38 117 671
331.00M
7.13%
16.05%
11.52%
15
Hong Kong
516 562
893 865
730 656
7.50M
6.89%
11.92%
9.75%
16
Belarus
622 677
1 184 939
634 846
9.45M
6.59%
12.54%
6.72%
17
New Zealand
309 983
496 361
481 086
4.82M
6.43%
10.29%
9.98%
18
Latvia
121 515
151 135
71 012
1.89M
6.43%
8.01%
3.76%
19
France
4 152 695
6 017 733
3 425 823
65.27M
6.36%
9.22%
5.25%
20
Canada
2 377 015
3 990 795
3 432 173
37.74M
6.3%
10.57%
9.09%
21
Malaysia
1 995 226
7 149 694
2 959 597
32.37M
6.16%
22.09%
9.14%
22
Lithuania
163 781
257 984
139 488
2.72M
6.02%
9.48%
5.12%
23
Ireland
303 715
657 646
517 908
5.06M
6%
13%
10.24%
24
Germany
4 856 379
7 551 170
3 678 660
83.78M
5.8%
9.01%
4.39%
25
Australia
1 396 940
2 503 351
2 498 393
25.50M
5.48%
9.82%
9.8%
26
Portugal
556 377
1 056 597
669 379
10.20M
5.45%
10.36%
6.56%
27
Ecuador
954 168
3 996 522
626 173
17.64M
5.41%
22.65%
3.55%
28
Chile
999 217
2 366 039
956 736
19.12M
5.23%
12.38%
5%
29
Belgium
582 482
915 717
609 222
11.59M
5.03%
7.9%
5.26%
30
Estonia
65 530
92 729
62 941
1.33M
4.93%
6.99%
4.74%
31
Algeria
2 110 947
12 032 632
3 143 209
43.85M
4.81%
27.44%
7.17%
32
Pakistan
10 170 409
65 370 311
13 259 084
220.89M
4.6%
29.59%
6%
33
Sweden
455 235
790 004
553 703
10.10M
4.51%
7.82%
5.48%
34
Switzerland
402 742
569 051
369 513
8.95M
4.5%
6.36%
4.13%
35
Greece
468 107
864 267
372 716
10.42M
4.49%
8.29%
3.58%
36
Lebanon
304 661
1 672 750
435 478
6.83M
4.46%
24.51%
6.38%
37
Spain
2 033 320
2 945 038
1 998 460
46.75M
4.35%
6.3%
4.27%
38
Israel
374 618
986 309
680 697
8.66M
4.33%
11.4%
7.86%
39
South Korea
2 181 834
5 130 451
4 470 980
51.27M
4.26%
10.01%
8.72%
40
Uruguay
146 657
584 991
157 187
3.47M
4.23%
16.84%
4.53%
41
Argentina
1 888 868
7 264 811
2 372 693
45.20M
4.18%
16.07%
5.25%
42
Norway
223 487
363 835
302 894
5.42M
4.12%
6.71%
5.59%
43
Colombia
2 050 060
9 385 406
1 492 397
50.88M
4.03%
18.45%
2.93%
44
Finland
217 434
277 578
271 266
5.54M
3.92%
5.01%
4.9%
45
Hungary
371 446
844 656
283 829
9.66M
3.85%
8.74%
2.94%
46
Austria
341 867
560 246
295 229
9.01M
3.79%
6.22%
3.28%
47
Italy
2 270 123
3 880 248
2 641 222
60.46M
3.75%
6.42%
4.37%
48
Mexico
4 567 588
14 589 336
4 262 070
128.93M
3.54%
11.32%
3.31%
49
Denmark
204 217
318 215
278 784
5.79M
3.53%
5.49%
4.81%
50
Philippines
3 669 890
15 514 314
7 265 777
109.58M
3.35%
14.16%
6.63%
51
Brazil
7 111 278
23 167 788
9 677 209
212.56M
3.35%
10.9%
4.55%
52
Slovakia
179 208
358 566
162 005
5.46M
3.28%
6.57%
2.97%
53
Croatia
133 407
308 887
169 257
4.11M
3.25%
7.52%
4.12%
54
Czech Republic
346 896
570 247
335 437
10.71M
3.24%
5.32%
3.13%
55
Peru
1 065 550
5 002 791
1 016 430
32.97M
3.23%
15.17%
3.08%
56
Poland
1 192 991
1 581 402
998 726
37.85M
3.15%
4.18%
2.64%
57
Romania
593 769
1 619 518
562 179
19.24M
3.09%
8.42%
2.92%
58
Tunisia
362 293
2 671 136
591 643
11.82M
3.07%
22.6%
5.01%
59
Venezuela
808 921
5 709 719
912 259
28.44M
2.84%
20.08%
3.21%
60
Bulgaria
190 941
442 721
164 775
6.95M
2.75%
6.37%
2.37%
61
Slovenia
56 304
121 450
56 448
2.08M
2.71%
5.84%
2.72%
62
Vietnam
2 566 970
12 079 080
3 262 426
97.34M
2.64%
12.41%
3.35%
63
India
32 386 510
277 152 450
45 248 196
1.38B
2.35%
20.08%
3.28%
64
South Africa
1 371 485
2 365 233
781 806
59.73M
2.3%
3.96%
1.31%
65
Egypt
2 302 086
15 016 374
2 897 635
102.33M
2.25%
14.67%
2.83%
66
Taiwan
544 743
1 211 894
629 805
24.21M
2.25%
5.01%
2.6%
67
Nigeria
3 790 323
14 289 099
3 351 521
206.14M
1.84%
6.93%
1.63%
68
Thailand
900 102
4 861 890
1 487 880
69.80M
1.29%
6.97%
2.13%
69
Japan
897 951
1 972 875
1 383 635
126.48M
0.71%
1.56%
1.09%
70
Bolivia
N/A
3 152 877
284 040
11.67M
N/A
27.01%
2.43%
71
El Salvador
N/A
1 499 446
199 088
6.49M
N/A
23.12%
3.07%
72
Indonesia
N/A
60 356 339
41 960 387
273.52M
N/A
22.07%
15.34%
73
Costa Rica
N/A
1 122 181
212 319
5.09M
N/A
22.03%
4.17%
74
Dominican Republic
N/A
2 504 443
515 755
11.40M
N/A
21.96%
4.52%
75
Panama
N/A
820 424
327 896
4.31M
N/A
19.01%
7.6%
76
Nicaragua
N/A
1 188 911
193 427
6.62M
N/A
17.95%
2.92%
77
Uzbekistan
N/A
5 933 467
611 417
33.47M
N/A
17.73%
1.83%
78
Cambodia
N/A
2 912 190
342 034
16.72M
N/A
17.42%
2.05%
79
Paraguay
N/A
1 235 502
356 625
7.13M
N/A
17.32%
5%
80
Guatemala
N/A
2 806 958
449 685
17.92M
N/A
15.67%
2.51%
81
Azerbaijan
N/A
1 561 842
2 267 024
10.14M
N/A
15.4%
22.36%
82
Sri Lanka
N/A
2 705 252
409 859
21.41M
N/A
12.63%
1.91%
83
Ghana
N/A
3 586 121
405 105
31.26M
N/A
11.47%
1.3%
84
Kenya
N/A
2 680 954
271 979
53.77M
N/A
4.99%
0.51%
85
Madagascar
N/A
217 476
36 259
27.69M
N/A
0.79%
0.13%

Methodology

Atlas VPN research team analyzed and ranked 85 countries in terms of VPN usage in 2020, 2021, and H1 2022. 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 for data in 2020 and 2021. The data for H1 2022 was extracted using AppTweak. Download data includes 45 biggest VPN providers.

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