China Now Has 751 Million Internet Users, Equivalent to Entire Population of Europe


China’s population of internet users rose 2.7% over the first six months of the year to 751 million, exceeding the population of Europe, a new report showed.

The rising figure, reported Friday by the China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC), indicates how the rise of mobile internet services such as online food delivery has driven growth in China’s online population and its internet penetration.

China’s internet penetration rate rose to 54.3% by June 30, still well behind some European countries like Iceland and Norway, which have more than 95% penetration, as well as more-wired Asian countries like Japan and South Korea, which have penetration rates of nearly 90%, according to the U.S.-based Internet Society.

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