[Internet: which European country has the fastest connection?

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A new study reveals which countries in Europe have the fastest and slowest internet speeds. How does your country rank?

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We spend an average of more than six hours a day online. The experience can be productive or infuriating depending on how fast or slow your web connection is.

Using data from Google's Page Load Speed ​​Test, comparison service BusinessComparison analyzed the average loading speed of web pages on desktop and mobile devices for each European country.

Sweden takes first place with the fastest desktop loading speed at 3.74 seconds, followed by Finland (3.84) in second place, the first country in the world to make internet access a legal right in 2010.

Denmark and Latvia share third place, with an average speed of 4 seconds.

Lithuania is in fifth place (4.14), followed by Switzerland (4.23). France is not far behind with an average load time of 4.59 seconds.

When it comes to mobile devices, Sweden again achieves the best results, with an average load speed of 7.48 seconds, with France posting a respectable result of 8.10 seconds.

At the bottom of the ranking, the load time is 10.22 seconds in Turkey, which scores the worst, which is explained by its reliance on 30-year-old copper cablesaccording to the report.

Bulgaria (9.38), Romania (8.59), Cyprus (7.18) and Poland (6.09) complete the bottom five.

The same countries – in the same order – also performed worst in terms of mobile internet loading speed, with Turkey again showing the slowest loading times (13.19 seconds).

Why is loading speed worse on mobile devices?

A key factor is the network speed used by mobile devices, which can be slower than fixed broadband because Mobile networks have limits that affect data transfer speed.

Additionally, mobile device hardware is typically less powerful than desktop hardware.

The small screen size and low resolution of mobile devices means this websites often need to load different elements or layoutswhich contributes to longer loading times.

Additionally, mobile browsers are generally less optimized than desktop browsers, which affects the speed at which web pages load and process.

A difference in connection speed may seem like just a matter of convenience for online browsing, but can have a significant impact on businesses' online presence.

The longer it takes for a page to load, the more likely people are to leave the site – this is known as the bounce rate. This has the effect of reducing the number of potential consumers for a business.

For example, last August, X – formerly Twitter – was accused, according to the New York Times, of slowing down links leading to specific pages, such as rival social networks or news sites.

How to speed up loading?

However, there are some tips to speed up the loading of a page, without having to move to another country.

From the user side, Using the latest version of your browser and periodically clearing your cache and cookies can help improve performance.

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Close background apps and disable unnecessary browser extensions as they can affect overall speed.

Additionally, make sure your router is placed in the center of your home and away from any obstructions to optimize signal strength.

Limit the number of devices connected to your network and disconnect unused ones to free up bandwidth.

If it is possible, consider using an Ethernet connection for a more stable and faster Internet experience.

If you are responsible for a website, start by optimizing images – choosing the optimal format or compressing them – for greater efficiency. Allow browsers to store some elements locally to speed up loading.

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You can also reduce the number of elements your website has to load. ensure, for example, that Important items are displayed first and minor items are loaded later.

Pay attention to external scenarios, such as ads or social media links, and make sure your site works well on different devices – an approach called responsive design.

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