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Firefox crosses the 23% frontier in Europe

With a use rate of 23% in Europe, Firefox continues to advance. Europe is also loosing its position as the leading user in the world (23.2%) to Oceania, which shows a rate of 23.4%.
  • Study undertaken from 11/20/06 and 11/26/06
  • Perimeter of 86,402 web sites
Trends in Europe

Firefox user share in Europe has gained almost 4 points since April 2006

Shifting from 19.4% for the week of the 8th to the 14th of April 2006, Firefox user share rose to 23.2% in the week from November 20th to November 26th 2006:


It reached 40.5% in Slovenia, and in 7 other European countries, rates have gone above 30%: Finland, Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Croatia, Estonia and Hungary

For the whole group of countries within the XiTi perimeter, the Firefox user rate rose from 21.9% to 23.2% between the week of August 28th to September 3rd 2006 (previous study) and the week of the 20th to the 26th of November. Strongest growth was in Estonia: from 24.9% to 31.5%, or +6.5 points in the Firefox user rate. Of the 30 countries mentioned below, only two experienced falls in the rate: Slovakia (-1.5 points), which thus loses its position in third place, and the Czech Republic (-4.6 points) which thus loses it's 5thposition to come 9th.

Slovenia keeps first place amongst European countries with a user rate which has never been so high: 40.5% between the 20th and the 26th of November 2006. Finland is still in second place (+3.9 points), withPoland taking 3rdplace (33.6%), just in front of Germany (33%) in fourth place.

The growth of the user rate in France (20.7% vs 19.6%) follows the average of European countries, whilst in Spain the rate has stayed more or less stable (13.7%).



World Trends

Oceania ahead of Europe in its Firefox user rate

Oceania, experiencing the highest increase (+ 2 points), is now the first continent ahead of Europe in terms of user rate. Firefox is also gaining ground in North America, Africa and Asia (between 1 and 1.9 points), but much more slowly in South America (+0.2 points).



Weekly usage patterns

On weekends, the average share of Firefox use in Europe has reached 25%

Use of Firefox in Europe is up at weekends (+1.1 points between the weekends of 02/03.09.06 and 25/26.11.06, but also during the week. User share of Firefox during the week has moved from 21.2% (for the week from August 28th to September 1st 2006) to 22.6% (week from November 20th to the 24th), in other words, an increase by 1.4 points.


In the period under study, Luxemburg, Ireland, Slovakia, Austria and Germany experienced the most notable week-end use Only the Ukraine experiences a more intensive use during the week: its week end use is 14% lower at week-ends than during the week.


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The Firefox user rate is based on the total visits from Firefox for the period in question compared with total overall visits.

The figures for a continent attempt to be representative of the audited countries within the continent in question. The indicator is the average of the indicators of the individual countries. The behaviour observed in a country generating only a few visits thus influences, in a fair manner, the behaviour arrived at for the continent as a whole.

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