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Facebook reaches (almost) 600 million users in 210 countries

Henry Elliss
Henry Elliss
Managing Director
11 January 2011

A few years ago, when the interest in Facebook was at it’s peak (at least as far as the online media goes), I used to keep a fairly regular eye on the Facebook active user numbers. These numbers are fairly publicly available, provided as they are by Facebook’s own advertising tool.

For those not familiar with the system, Facebook defines an ‘Active User’ as one who has logged in to their profile in the past 30 days – so a fairly good indicator of REAL (i.e. not dormant) accounts out there.

I’ve not been quite as hot on it lately, but I still like to dip-in occassionally to see how the ‘book is fairing. With last week’s news that Facebook had broken the 600 million barrier, I thought it was time to update the numbers – see below for the full table (including stats from the end of 2009, where available). If you can’t be bothered to trawl through the list, here’s my highlights:

  • Facebook have clearly decided to make their targeting more accurate, adding what appears to be every single country in the world to the list you can choose from
  • Despite the 600 million announcement, the current number (as of this morning) is just shy of this, at 595,900,614 – though seasonal variation can probably account for this blip
  • The UK, Canada, Norway, Denmark and Iceland all appear to have hit the ‘Facebook ceiling’, with year-on-year growth slowing dramatically
  • Conversely, Facebook’s spread continues at pace in many newer territories – South Korea has grown’s its usage more than 8-fold, for instance
  • Despite what you’d think, the Vatican City ISN’T Facebook’s smallest territory – that prize goes to Nauru, and island nation with a population of just 14,000

For those of you that like to dig around with the numbers, here’s the full table…

29/12/2009 11/01/2011
Afghanistan 115,720
Albania 1,086,080
Algeria 1,495,700
American Samoa 2,060
Andora 27,380
Angola 119,660
Anguilia 6,440
Antigua 31,760
Argentina 7,270,380 12,461,780
Armenia 111,480
Aruba 43,360
Australia 7,581,920 9,247,320
Austria 1,422,000 2,249,480
Azerbaijan 304,380
Bahrain 154,960 257,760
Bangladesh 628,620 1,338,700
Barbados 104,380
Belarus 207,740
Belgium 2,826,400 3,783,620
Belize 39,580
Benin 66,380
Bermuda 25,680
Bhutan 38,960
Bolivia 484,060 889,220
Bosnia & Hertzegovenia 557,080 978,300
Botswana 91,440
Brazil 2,404,220 9,518,700
British Virgin Islands 10,360
Brunei 189,380
Bulgaria 916,700 1,861,040
Burkina Faso 55,820
Burundi 12,880
Cambodia 215,500
Cameroon 275,040
Canada 14,059,120 16,636,880
Cape Verde 36,220
Cayman Islands 25,440
Central African Republic 26,380
Chad 8,200
Chile 5,972,580 7,560,640
China 62,080 295,400
Columbia 7,071,820 11,574,600
Comoros 4,960
Costa Rica 399,640 1,091,760
Croatia 940,740 1,295,640
Cyprus 233,120 355,080
Czech Republic 1,893,380 2,942,740
Democratic Republic of Congo 107,360
Denmark 2,244,320 2,537,240
Djibouti 45,880
Dominica 15,900
Dominican Republic 421,040 1,574,520
Ecuador 614,320 2,141,700
Egypt 2,286,360 4,880,340
El Salvador 214,940 649,040
Equatorial Guinea 6,200
Eritrea 12,120
Estonia 334,800
Ethiopia 234,180
Falkland Islands 1,840
Faroe Islands 26,720
Federated States of Micronesia 4,360
Fiji 108,340
Finland 1,436,580 1,816,020
France 14,462,840 20,271,860
French Guiana 35,160
French Polynesia 51,420
Germany 5,685,820 14,232,960
Ghana 312,920 802,680
Gibraltar 15,220
Greece 2,144,720 2,997,920
Greenland 18,660
Grenada 30,260
Guadeloupe 133,160
Guam 32,960
Guatemala 943,560
Guernsey 10,200
Guinea 16,660
Guyana 74,420
Haiti 129,300
Honduras 167,020 634,720
Hong Kong 2,717,320 3,678,960
Hungary 612,880 2,499,580
Iceland 164,740 191,740
India 5,461,980 18,818,720
Indonesia 15,094,300 33,920,020
Iraq 498,720
Ireland 1,212,900 1,734,500
Isles of Man 32,100
Israel 2,184,000 3,121,900
Italy 12,856,440 17,753,040
Jamaica 219,200 472,780
Japan 788,900 1,854,800
Jersey 19,760
Jordan 577,900 1,169,920
Kazakhstan 208,300
Kenya 552,680 990,920
Kiribati 1,920
Kuwait 330,440 584,300
Kyrgyzstan 32,320
Laos 38,300
Latvia 230,120
Lebanon 702,960 1,113,800
Lesotho 15,660
Libya 262,560
Liechtenstein 9,360
Lithuania 383,360 824,720
Luxembourg 132,580 162,020
Macau 202,840
Macedonia 479,960 793,640
Madagascar 130,320
Malawi 67,540
Malaysia 4,104,380 9,874,860
Maldives 59,860 91,600
Mali 63,000
Malta 125,360 168,600
Marhsall Islands 2,280
Martinique 97,360
Mauritania 46,820
Mauritius 153,100 241,500
Mayotte 6,800
Mexico 6,635,100 18,830,960
Moldova 156,500
Monaco 19,320
Mongolia 101,400
Montenegro 177,400
Morocco 1,137,100 2,642,920
Mozambique 74,660
Namibia 107,320
Nauru 180
Nepal 794,600
Netherlands 1,696,200 3,438,840
Netherlands Antilles 83,520
New Caledonia 63,680
New Zealand 1,279,100 1,741,920
Nicaragua 99,700 339,240
Niger 23,160
Nigeria 942,360 2,508,720
Northern Mariana Islands 11,000
Norway 2,211,660 2,360,100
Oman 96,340 206,340
Pakistan 1,420,260 3,514,760
Palau 2,160
Palestine 202,480 498,420
Panama 453,380 664,380
Papua New Guinea 23,900
Paraguay 127,380 424,720
Peru 1,480,640 4,094,400
Phillipines 8,286,920 20,802,540
Poland 1,583,460 4,882,220
Portugal 1,144,340 3,090,760
Puerto Rico 966,140 1,402,340
Qatar 239,400 383,260
Republic of the Congo 27,300
Réunion 134,940
Romania 481,840 2,405,920
Russia 653,460 3,401,140
Rwanda 72,160
Saint Kitts and Nevis 18,520
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 36,480
Samoa 5,140
San Marino 7,380
São Tomé and Príncipe 1,460
Saudi Arabia 1,433,260 3,097,660
Senegal 399,280
Serbia 1,418,040 2,297,660
Seychelles 48,880
Sierra Leone 19,160
Singapore 1,824,760 2,280,800
Slovakia 1,035,700 1,637,160
Slovenia 471,440 610,380
Solomon Islands 9,640
Somalia 11,260
South Africa 2,415,480 3,350,640
South Korea 407,800 3,462,660
Spain 7,610,260 12,049,320
Sri Lanka 439,280 840,840
St Lucia 40,600
Suriname 52,900
Swaziland 23,460
Sweden 3,103,100 3,913,500
Switzerland 1,861,800 2,356,580
Taiwan 5,468,440 10,425,820
Tajikistan 10,220
Tanzania 220,560
Thailand 1,955,700 7,387,960
The Bahamas 93,680 140,940
The Gambia 50,240
Togo 51,220
Tonga 5,080
Trinidad & Tobago 268,300 380,240
Tunisia 1,011,840 1,970,200
Turkey 16,677,060 24,788,400
Turkmenistan 11,320
Turks and Caicos Islands 12,480
Tuvalu 1,340
Uganda 250,780
UK 22,808,440 27,545,920
Ukraine 224,980 1,020,320
United Arab Emirates 1,120,680 1,933,700
Uruguay 610,920 1,070,280
US Virgin Islands 16,960
USA 100,901,440 146,591,880
Uzbekistan 47,760
Vanuatu 4,700
Vatican City 320
Venezuela 5,051,360 7,441,340
Vietnam 827,380 2,010,060
Yemen 209,040
Zambia 109,820
Total 344,003,516 595,900,614
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