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Where in the world do we find the highest number of secure websites per person?

In 2010, there were just over 1 million secure Internet websites worldwide. Almost half of those, or 446,992 to be exact, were located in the United States.

But in which country can we find the most secure websites in relation to population? The answer may surprise you.

The country with the highest number of secure websites per person is…

If we look at where in world we can find the highest number of secure Internet websites in relation to the size of the population, we get a very interesting picture. Gibraltar, with a population of around 30,000, tops the list, followed by Bermuda (approx. 65,000 population), and Liechtenstein (approx. 36,000 population). In absolute numbers, there were only 390 secure Internet websites in Gibraltar, in 2010.

Total number of secure servers

If we instead look at the total number of secure Internet websites per country in 2010, it produces a very different picture. Here’s the top 10 list:

  • 446,992 – United States
  • 86,878 – United Kingdom
  • 82,823 – Japan
  • 71,312 – Germany
  • 55,739 – South Korea
  • 42,258 – Canada
  • 39,317 – Australia
  • 37,828 – Netherlands
  • 19,275 – France
  • 14,614 – Switzerland

That’s a lot of secure Internet websites in many of the countries that would probably top the list for most people if they were asked about where such websites could be found.

What about back in 2001?

Just as an interesting comparison, we went back to 2001 to see how it compares to 2010. Gibraltar may be at the top in 2010, but nine years earlier, in 2001, the country was not on the chart. Instead, Liechtenstein was number one, but only with 542 secure servers per 1 million people. That’s quite a difference to over 13,000 servers per 1 million people in Gibraltar in 2010.

Also worth noting is that in 2001, both the USA and Canada made appearances on the top-10 chart, with 274 and 162 secure servers per 1 million people, respectively.

Lots of secure servers

Gilbraltar, with only 390 secure Internet websites in 2010, is a tiny speck on the Internet map, compared to the big nations, like United States. We admit, Gibraltar is not technically a country but a “British overseas territory,” but for the sake of this article we think we can safely include it nonetheless.

Clearly the number of secure Internet websites has increased dramatically over the last ten years, and we can only estimate that the growth since 2010 has been significant as well.

Top picture by VIA Gallery.



6 comments
Daniel
Daniel

Hi there, well, Gibraltar is online gaming/gambling hub since 2000 - all big gaming providers you could care for are there, less banking i guess. I would be curious if possible to get statistics for other gaming/gambling hubs as Curacao/Netherland Antilles & Guernsey/Channel Islands. Is it possible? Cheers, Daniel.

Pingdom
Pingdom

That's a good question Rodrigo. Unfortunately we don't know the answer to that, as we went by the listing provided by the World Bank. We'd guess they'd go by the IP rather than TLD.

Rodrigo
Rodrigo

What is take in consideration to attach a web site to a country? It's the TLD? the location of the main IP vs where the server is located? Great post! Rodrigo

Pingdom
Pingdom

Unfortunately, on that point, Fredrik, the World Bank isn't exactly clear. All it says is "Secure servers are servers using encryption technology in Internet transactions." And thanks for the suggestion, by the way.

Fredrik Näs
Fredrik Näs

Excellent post as always, but exactly what is it that defines a secure server in this test? What are the criteria that need to be met in order to qualify as a secure server? Best regards, Fredrik Näs btw, it would be really nice if there was a way to subscribe to comments, for example a checkbox to follow additional comments after i have posted my own comment.

asega
asega

Also these places happen to be tax haven. In these regions most datacenters are operated for/by banks & clearing houses.