Blogging in Sweden

I came across some interesting information about blogging in Sweden, compiled by the Swedish research institute World Internet Institute - I wonder where similar information about Ghana could be found?

In 2009:
- 400 000 Swedes had their own blog.
- 6 percent of all Internet users in Sweden had blogs and 37 percent read others' blogs.
- 20 percent of Internet users 16–25 years are writing or have been writing a blog and 60 percent of users in the same age group read others' blogs.

Amazingly, figures also show that a third of the group "young women" what ever that means, have at some point had a blog and that two out of three in this group read others' blogs. The overall number of 400 000 blogs is also impressive.

Two thirds of bloggers (64 %) write about everyday life, one fourth (26 %) about a hobby or special interest. Only 6 % blog on politics and 4% about work.

I don't know how I'd categorize my blog, as I feel I write on politics, special interests (blogging especially!) AND everyday life. Also I hope to blog more on work...I should maybe call it a work blog to be more unique...

On a more serious note, the World Internet Project which the Swedish research institute discussed above is a part of does not have any partner organizations in any African country! How can they then be called the "World" Internet Project? Even though there are no figures (?) for Africa and Ghana, I have the strong feeling there is room among the 44,3 million Internet users for much more blogging! (and mapping of the same phenomena!)

Pic: The Africa Facts courtesy of World Famous Design Junkies via Holli and Scarlett Lion, thanks!


Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Interesting, refreshing piece as always. A good place fir bloggers in Ghana to aspire to reach.

Maya Mame said...

Interesting info, Kajsa! Maybe it's time we contact them and become a partner organisation here in Ghana? :)

One Fly said...

When you click on "next blog" I do not see 6% of the time a political blog. Nothing close to it. Most of the time there isn't much substance there but no one said there had to be-it's the internets ya know. Many are also not current which is okay as well.

I have respect for bloggers who post on a regular basis and I'd love to have had this tool at my disposal 25 years ago.

Blogging in depth on Ghana politics might be a loser. No matter what having the internet available has got to be a plus. Way out there certainly schools wont have it but how many do?

Actually I'm curious as to the extent the internet is available in Ghana everywhere and how the service is delivered where ever it may be.

I'd love to do a video about going to a palm wine bar or sitting down to a bowl of fu fu with palm nut soup and seeing a face with a smile cuz this stuff tastes sooo good.

You do just fine Kajsa and I always enjoy reading what you put up.

Kajsa Hallberg Adu said...

Thanks, NY!
Sandra, you are right - we should hook them up!
One Fly - you have inspired me to do a post on best YouTube clips on Ghana - I'm sure your "palmwine-fufu-excursion" is out there! Thanks for the kind words.

Rachel said...

Love your blog.

I just started this travel blog for women and I'm collecting photos from women travelers like you. Submit a photo of yourself in an interesting place in Ghana and some tips for other women travelers who are going there, and we'll link back to your blog.

Visit our blog: and get in touch at:

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Janne Elvelid said...

Yes, as you say we do miss african countries in World Internet Project. We've been in youch with several universities but as far as I understood due to lack of funding it has not been possible to start in any african country. Hopefully we'll get someone in the future.

/Janne Elvelid
project manager World Internet Project Sweden

Kajsa Hallberg Adu said...

Hi Rachel, will do as soon as I have a photo from an interesting place :-)

Kajsa Hallberg Adu said...

Hi Mr Elvelid,

Thanks for reading my blog and sharing my worry. Have you tried contacting the AAU, Association of African Universities? They might have better access to information on a good collaboration partner and where to obtain funding for such a project.

Let me know if you want a contact person there :-)

Your project is great, keep it up!

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