According to Internet World Stats by June 2010, 38.4% of the Seychelles population have access to internet (this was before the 2010 census but they could have obtained their information elsewhere; e.g. directly from the providers).
Now, I don’t know what constitutes “internet access”, but it probably means the percentage of the population with internet access at home and/or office. From a local standpoint, I can say that it is believable. Although at first glance, it is shockingly low.
I mean, only one of my friends don’t have internet at home and they are a household of 3 individuals. Everyone else I know has internet access at home, and in some cases they have several internet accounts.
Nevertheless, the 38.4% is considered the highest percentage internet users to population, in the African continent. Yet another achievement for Seychelles…woop-dee-doo. I know a lot of South Africans aren’t too happy about our achievements.
Here are the list of the top 10 African countries with the highest internet users by percentage of their population:
- Seychelles – 38.4%
Reunion – 36.5%Tunisia – 34%
- Morocco – 33%
- Cape Verde – 29.5%
- Nigeria – 28.9%
- Mauritius – 22.4%
- Egypt – 21.2%
- Sao Tome & Principe – 15.2%
- Algeria – 13.6%
- Zimbabwe – 12.2%
Sometimes I wonder…if Africa was divided into smaller countries, would we all do better? Because there are a lot of small countries in the above list. Oh yeah, and Reunion is not really an African country in my blog. Sure…when they want to be part of Africa they are part of Africa; and when they want to be part of Europe they are part of Europe. In my world it doesn’t work that way. So I have semi-removed them from the above list. The people there call themselves European anyway so I’m sure they wouldn’t care about the list.
I really hope that one day, a larger percentage of Seychelles will be online. This percentage is already growing anyway, so there’s nothing for anyone to worry about.
As for those who believe that it is more accurate to count the actual number of people as opposed to percentages…that’s just ridiculous.