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 H1 2021, the number reaches 616 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 H1 2021, the number reaches 616 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 H1 2021.

1

Qatar

44.47%

2

UAE

39.91%

3

Singapore

29.59%

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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 2021.

83

South Africa

1.43%

84

Japan

0.85%

85

Madagascar

0.42%

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 H1 2021.

Pos.
Country
Downloads
Populationsort population
VPN adoption indexInfo icon
What % of the country's population downloaded VPN services in 2020 and H1 2021
2021 H1sort downloads_primary
2020sort downloads_secondary
2021 H1sort adoption_primary
2020sort adoption_secondary
1
Qatar
1 281 327
1 528 763
2.88M
44.47%
53.06%
2
United Arab Emirates
3 947 690
6 093 301
9.89M
39.91%
61.61%
3
Singapore
1 731 098
945 425
5.85M
29.59%
16.16%
4
India
348 708 887
45 248 196
1.38B
25.27%
3.28%
5
Oman
1 266 112
1 805 478
5.11M
24.79%
35.36%
6
Saudi Arabia
8 055 101
10 081 329
34.81M
23.14%
28.96%
7
Kuwait
798 534
933 664
4.27M
18.7%
21.86%
8
Lebanon
1 202 395
435 478
6.83M
17.62%
6.38%
9
Pakistan
36 736 077
13 259 084
220.89M
16.63%
6%
10
Algeria
7 100 022
3 143 209
43.85M
16.19%
7.17%
11
Bolivia
1 773 704
284 040
11.67M
15.19%
2.43%
12
Dominican Republic
1 660 659
515 755
11.40M
14.56%
4.52%
13
El Salvador
894 504
199 088
6.49M
13.79%
3.07%
14
Kazakhstan
2 586 943
1 187 838
18.78M
13.78%
6.33%
15
Ecuador
2 425 775
626 173
17.64M
13.75%
3.55%
16
Indonesia
36 179 182
41 960 387
273.52M
13.23%
15.34%
17
Turkey
10 894 896
9 449 156
84.34M
12.92%
11.2%
18
Azerbaijan
1 263 440
2 267 024
10.14M
12.46%
22.36%
19
Tunisia
1 393 296
591 643
11.82M
11.79%
5.01%
20
Panama
485 818
327 896
4.31M
11.26%
7.6%
21
Costa Rica
565 752
212 319
5.09M
11.11%
4.17%
22
Nicaragua
724 297
193 427
6.62M
10.93%
2.92%
23
Uruguay
365 455
157 187
3.47M
10.52%
4.53%
24
Colombia
5 334 136
1 492 397
50.88M
10.48%
2.93%
25
Malaysia
3 370 234
2 959 597
32.37M
10.41%
9.14%
26
Paraguay
712 412
356 625
7.13M
9.99%
5%
27
Cambodia
1 661 596
342 034
16.72M
9.94%
2.05%
28
Venezuela
2 655 203
912 259
28.44M
9.34%
3.21%
29
Egypt
9 386 837
2 897 635
102.33M
9.17%
2.83%
30
Uzbekistan
3 047 325
611 417
33.47M
9.1%
1.83%
31
Ukraine
3 718 381
3 442 970
43.73M
8.5%
7.87%
32
United States
26 860 949
38 117 671
331.00M
8.12%
11.52%
33
Philippines
8 509 961
7 265 777
109.58M
7.77%
6.63%
34
Guatemala
1 362 795
449 685
17.92M
7.61%
2.51%
35
Argentina
3 432 693
2 372 693
45.20M
7.6%
5.25%
36
Netherlands
1 272 726
1 639 583
17.13M
7.43%
9.57%
37
Sri Lanka
1 545 354
409 859
21.41M
7.22%
1.91%
38
Great Britain
4 833 949
8 192 613
67.89M
7.12%
12.07%
39
Ghana
2 146 608
405 105
31.26M
6.87%
1.3%
40
Belarus
646 662
634 846
9.45M
6.84%
6.72%
41
Ireland
345 931
517 908
5.06M
6.84%
10.24%
42
Peru
2 113 411
1 016 430
32.97M
6.41%
3.08%
43
Luxembourg
39 308
55 619
625.98K
6.28%
8.89%
44
Chile
1 157 630
956 736
19.12M
6.06%
5%
45
New Zealand
282 459
481 086
4.82M
5.86%
9.98%
46
Hong Kong
429 101
730 656
7.50M
5.72%
9.75%
47
Mexico
7 238 935
4 262 070
128.93M
5.61%
3.31%
48
Canada
2 070 138
3 432 173
37.74M
5.48%
9.09%
49
South Korea
2 784 050
4 470 980
51.27M
5.43%
8.72%
50
Israel
462 142
680 697
8.66M
5.34%
7.86%
51
Australia
1 305 251
2 498 393
25.50M
5.12%
9.8%
52
Brazil
10 118 856
9 677 209
212.56M
4.76%
4.55%
53
Lithuania
126 751
139 488
2.72M
4.66%
5.12%
54
Russia
6 583 013
4 920 651
145.93M
4.51%
3.37%
55
Vietnam
4 247 976
3 262 426
97.34M
4.36%
3.35%
56
Portugal
442 832
669 379
10.20M
4.34%
6.56%
57
France
2 734 610
3 425 823
65.27M
4.19%
5.25%
58
Germany
3 414 781
3 678 660
83.78M
4.08%
4.39%
59
Latvia
76 575
71 012
1.89M
4.06%
3.76%
60
Sweden
397 655
553 703
10.10M
3.94%
5.48%
61
Croatia
156 937
169 257
4.11M
3.82%
4.12%
62
Greece
362 403
372 716
10.42M
3.48%
3.58%
63
Norway
186 208
302 894
5.42M
3.43%
5.59%
64
Romania
652 073
562 179
19.24M
3.39%
2.92%
65
Estonia
42 818
62 941
1.33M
3.23%
4.74%
66
Bulgaria
222 308
164 775
6.95M
3.2%
2.37%
67
Hungary
305 195
283 829
9.66M
3.16%
2.94%
68
Belgium
359 548
609 222
11.59M
3.1%
5.26%
69
Slovakia
159 307
162 005
5.46M
2.92%
2.97%
70
Slovenia
59 147
56 448
2.08M
2.85%
2.72%
71
Italy
1 615 905
2 641 222
60.46M
2.67%
4.37%
72
Switzerland
238 359
369 513
8.95M
2.66%
4.13%
73
Nigeria
5 440 695
3 351 521
206.14M
2.64%
1.63%
74
Spain
1 203 014
1 998 460
46.75M
2.57%
4.27%
75
Thailand
1 763 337
1 487 880
69.80M
2.53%
2.13%
76
Denmark
141 313
278 784
5.79M
2.44%
4.81%
77
Finland
132 582
271 266
5.54M
2.39%
4.9%
78
Taiwan
564 275
629 805
24.21M
2.33%
2.6%
79
Austria
205 166
295 229
9.01M
2.28%
3.28%
80
Czech Republic
215 807
335 437
10.71M
2.02%
3.13%
81
Kenya
1 079 918
271 979
53.77M
2.01%
0.51%
82
Poland
642 472
998 726
37.85M
1.7%
2.64%
83
South Africa
853 780
781 806
59.73M
1.43%
1.31%
84
Japan
1 079 539
1 383 635
126.48M
0.85%
1.09%
85
Madagascar
115 918
36 259
27.69M
0.42%
0.13%

Methodology

Atlas VPN research team analyzed and ranked 85 countries in terms of VPN usage in 2020 and H1 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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