High Firefox Usage Regions in Europe

This is from an e-mail I just sent out… it sure got the gears turning :)

Europe is the only major area where Firefox 3.5 has plurality:

http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-eu-daily-20091111-20091220

And in Europe I note the countries with significant Firefox 3.5 plurality:

Albania, Austria, Bosnia & Herzigovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia*, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland.


*An aside: wow, look at IE6, 7, 8 and Chrome each ~8%:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-MK-daily-20091111-20091220

Also note countries where the browser wars are completely different, like Ukraine and Russia, where Firefox 3.5 and Opera 10 are roughly tied for the top browser versions…
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-UA-daily-20091111-20091220
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-RU-daily-20091111-20091220

and Belarus, where nothing beats Opera 10:
http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-BY-daily-20091111-20091220

Now what’s even more interesting to me (and a trend that I had previously noticed on the XitiMonitor (now AT Internet Institute; http://www.atinternet-institute.com/) graphs of market share) is that if you take that list of European countries and put them on the map, they basically (except for island Iceland) form a contiguous block:

Iceland

Finland

Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg Germany Poland
Germany Czech Slovakia
Switzerland Austria Hungary Romania Moldova
Slovenia Croatia
Bosnia & Herzigovina Serbia
Montenegro    Bulgaria
Albania    Macedonia
Greece

(hope that formatted well)

Thus:

* Finland (which has a rather unique history http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavia#Finland and might be thought of as another eastern baltic state)
* Baltic States: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_states
* Central Europe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Europe
* Balkans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balkans#The_Balkans

This is somewhat remarkable to me that a web browser can clearly highlight cultural regions… I have noticed in the past that IE6 is very strong in China and the surrounding regions… Maybe I need to make a map :)

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One Response to “High Firefox Usage Regions in Europe”

  1. Browsers of Europe « Limulus Says:

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