The Baltic states are made up of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the UN region of Northern Europe (along with the Nordic nations and the British Isles). These three nations are unique in that they are the only former Soviet republics who are not part of the modern day CIS. They are also the only former Soviet states that are members of the European Union.
When looking at Opera market share in the Baltics, we have two sources we can compare, StatCounter and Gemius, which I also included for Ukraine in the CIS edition of this series. With two sources, if the results are comparable, I can be more confident of the accuracy than the previous post on the former Yugoslavia. As Gemius focuses on Eastern and Central Europe, they should have a decent sample rate for these countries. Lets see how Opera fares in the third region in this study.
The largest nation in the Baltic region by Internet population is Lithuania, with 1,333,000 Internet users in 2007 according to the CIA. If we take a look at StatCounter figures, Opera had 11.92% market share in Lithuania in February. As is common with the results in the previous study, this puts Opera in third behind IE and Firefox and more market share than Safari and Chrome combined. Over at Gemius, Opera had 7.9% market share in February, and is also in third place ahead of Chrome and Safari.
Latvia is closely behind Lithuania with 1,177,000 Internet users in 2007 according to the CIA. By StatCounter figures, Opera had 8.81% of the Latvian market share in February. As with Lithuania, Opera was in third place overall, this time with Firefox in first place. Opera again was bigger than Safari and Chrome combined. The Gemius figures show that Opera had a 4.8% market share in Latvia in February. Opera was also in third place by Gemius figures.
With 780,000 Internet users in 2007 by CIA stats, Estonia is the smallest of the Batlic states. If we look at StatCounter figures we will see a common trend from the other two nations, with Opera in third place behind IE and Firefox and more than Safari and Chrome combined, with 6.02% market share in February. Opera doesn’t fare so well in Gemius figures with only 2.4% market share in February, but again it is in third position.
While Opera doesn't reach the heights of its CIS market share or rankings, Opera has a solid following in the Baltics, with similar figures to the former Yugoslavia. Opera is again constantly bigger than Safari and Chrome combined, and is constantly growing. By StatCounter figures, Opera already has double digit market share in Lithuania, and is pushing towards the 10% mark in Latvia. Estonia is the weakest of the group, but Estonian localisation of Opera only came in Opera 9.6. It will be interesting to see if this will make a difference throughout 2009.