Blockchain developers worldwide stats (absolute vs relative to population)

UPD: this report has been updated on 24th October 2018 providing more accurate source data.

Let me just leave this 20-sec video here for the introduction.

Steven Ballmer, former CEO and Chairman at Microsoft clearly got excited about developers, and not just on this occasion.  One can understand as software business is about developers. Software engineers or developers are the builders of digital world. With the propagation of open-source, object oriented programming, libraries, frameworks, SDKs and APIs, open repositories such as Github and Gitlab, the pace of progress in IT keeps accelerating. With the right focus a single software developer can make wonders and complete what would have been a work of multiple man-years in just few days by forking some existing open-source project and adding few added value functionalities on top, creating a new product. This is what fuels the fast growth of digital economy.

However we need the developers themselves. We need a lot of them. We need more developers! Especially within blockchain ecosystem where there is a deficit of skilled labour. This is why Dappros is committed to invest into ecosystem meaning popularization of blockchain technology, training of developers, building products that help implement solutions faster and so on. As part of this commitment we are going to publish analytics, career path roadmaps, skills matrixes and keep contributing to the ecosystem of decentralized software engineering.

We have started by taking an analytical view and trying to understand what is the situation with blockchain developers globally. Find below the results of our research on the countries with most blockchain developers available, according to information from open sources such as Linkedin. Please note data includes some approximations as we had to account for overlaps between terms such as Blockchain, Ethereum, Solidity, estimate technical vs non-technical roles in cases where it’s not clearly specified and obviously relying on social network data means we only have access to profiles that are available there. We believe however this analytics is helpful in understanding the trends and we will keep working on collecting more data and refining the analytics here. Your input is welcome, please leave your comments in the section below this post.

Clearly in absolute numbers US and India are the leaders, followed notably by United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany. Full table below.

Table 1: Blockchain developers worldwide by country (absolute numbers)

NCountryEthereumSolidityBlockchainHyperledgerTotal, est.
1United States5,8183,18444,9791,77227,876
2India2,3811,43219,6271,57912,509
3United Kingdom1,21964513,0763727,656
4Canada9905607,1963424,544
5France7464267,1522424,283
6Germany7083996,6822274,008
7Netherlands4672725,7141723,312
8Australia4872794,6211182,753
9Spain5943514,0422382,612
10Brazil3842173,6231552,189
11Italy3813123,3961122,101
12Singapore3511763,5071412,087
13Switzerland3571823,4851152,070
14China1251503,3361691,890
15Ukraine3302801,793681,236
16South Korea2141591,9031061,190
17United Arab Emirates (UAE)1671101,9241171,159
18Poland2091831,48057964
19Belgium134981,38368841
20Russia49231170499803
21South Africa165821,31133795
22Turkey145921,21864760
23Israel1721091,16125733
24Ireland130691,13851694
25Mexico112841,14931688
26Japan134811,05550660
27Vietnam1459598144632
28Thailand96591,06839631
29Malaysia116771,03036630
30Philippines109601,02828613
31Sweden10710797529609
32Nigeria103571,02920605
33Pakistan14810683172578
34Denmark865787718519
35Taiwan1447874829500
36Austria905181615487
37Argentina2709050466
38Indonesia976473912456
39Portugal976968339444
40Romania906470419439
41New Zealand744769326420
42Bulgaria7610251718356
43Czech Republic694258415355
44Finland604658022354
45Colombia272861823348
46Belarus916750529346
47Norway604952613324
48Lithuania60524717295
49Kenya271851522291
50Slovenia51384847290
51Egypt253048925284
52Chile673441521269
53Saudi Arabia304343922267
54Greece664141015266
55Serbia825336224260
56Luxembourg461537212223
57Malta40203801220
58Iran414632818217
59Hungary413834113216
60Venezuela57213318208
61Tunisia644128320204
62Peru301633913199
63Slovakia291528715173
64Estonia28203166184
65Costa Rica20112865161
66Bangladesh362223817156
67Croatia34262237145
68Cyprus20152212128
69Sri Lanka261819813127
70Latvia32321767124
71Morocco221516810107
72Kazakhstan15171321086
73Nepal2116112778
74Uruguay168118875
75Ghana103123269
76Lebanon132299167
77Jordan11111021067
78Georgia138104163
79Ecuador12395256
80Armenia10888254
81Qatar7783249
82Panama10478448
83Mauritius8367039
84Moldova11655438
85Bahrain3369138
86Bosnia and Herzegovina11753337
87Macedonia (FYROM)8854136
88Algeria6455233
89Zimbabwe0264033
90Dominican Republic10748032
91Uganda1060131
92Kuwait2848029
93Liechtenstein0055027
94Azerbaijan7439226
95Oman1443426
96Tanzania0148125
97Guatemala6339024
98Cambodia2241424
99Albania6631223
100Monaco0045022
101Bolivia7331221
102Kosovo7727121
103Uzbekistan4730121
104Cameroon0142021
105Senegal4234120
106Cote d’Ivoire1139020
107Jamaica4229017
108Iceland2227016
109Mongolia5321015
110Honduras3218213
111Rwanda1025013
112Barbados0123012
113Myanmar2116211
114Trinidad and Tobago0022011
115Ethiopia4512010
116Paraguay4115010
117Bahamas1019010
118Andorra0017310
119El Salvador211509
120Montenegro101809
121Palestine101719
122Laos321108
123Kyrgyzstan011408
124Afghanistan30806
125Benin121006
126Botswana001306
127Papua New Guinea011106
128Zambia001306
129Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)11705
130Fiji11805
131Mozambique10905
132Sudan10715
133Belize10604
134Nicaragua10704
135Angola00704
136Brunei00804
137Iraq00804
138Madagascar00704
139Togo00714
140Dem. Rep. Congo00603
141Libya00503
142Maldives10202
143Bhutan00302
144Cuba00402
145Haiti00302
146Yemen01402
147North Korea10001
148Suriname10001
149Cape Verde00101
150Liberia00101
151Malawi00101
152Mauritania00101
153Saint Kitts and Nevis00101
154Antigua and Barbuda00000
155Burkina Faso00000
156Burundi00000
157Central African Republic (CAR)00000
158Chad00000
159Comoros00000
160Djibouti00000
161Dominica00000
162Equatorial Guinea00000
163Eritrea00000
164Gabon00000
165Gambia00000
166Grenada00000
167Guinea00000
168Guinea-Bissau00000
169Guyana00000
170Kiribati00000
171Lesotho00000
172Mali00000
173Marshall Islands00000
174Micronesia00000
175Namibia00000
176Nauru00000
177Niger00000
178Palau00000
179Saint Lucia00000
180Saint Vincent and the Grenadines00000
181Samoa00000
182San Marino00000
183Sao Tome and Principe00000
184Seychelles00000
185Sierra Leone00000
186Solomon Islands00000
187Somalia00000
188S. Sudan00000
189Syria00000
190Tajikistan00000
191Timor-Leste00000
192Tonga00000
193Turkmenistan00000
194Tuvalu00000
195Vanuatu00000
196Vatican City (Holy See)00000

Visualized on a world ‘heatmap’ this looks as following:

blockchain developers statistics heatmap worldHeatmap: world blockchain developers by country, 2018

Following the above research which provides absolute numbers we wanted to look into what relatives numbers are going to look like. Specifically, what would be the ratio of blockchain developers to country population. This has rendered some interesting results, below:

Table 2: Blockchain developers worldwide by country (relative to population)

Table below provides understanding of how each country is saturated by blockchain developers in proportion to its overall population size.

NCountryPopulationBlockchain developers, est. per 100K population
1Malta475,70146
2Luxembourg602,00536
3Singapore5,638,70036
4Switzerland8,508,90424
5Netherlands17,260,60019
6Cyprus854,80015
7Slovenia2,067,28414
8Ireland4,857,00014
9Estonia1,319,13314
10Canada37,246,70012
11United Arab Emirates (UAE)9,541,61512
12United Kingdom66,040,22911
13Australia25,084,40011
14Andorra78,26411
15Lithuania2,799,12710
16Denmark5,789,9579
17New Zealand4,909,6408
18United States327,375,9098
19Israel8,926,8808
20Belgium11,420,1637
21France65,304,9406
22Latvia1,923,4006
23Finland5,519,4636
24Norway5,312,3436
25Sweden10,196,1776
26Austria8,838,1715
27Spain46,659,3025
28Bulgaria7,050,0345
29Germany82,792,4005
30Iceland353,0704
31Barbados286,3884
32Portugal10,291,0274
33Serbia7,001,4444
34Belarus9,478,2003
35Croatia4,105,4933
36Italy60,421,4603
37Czech Republic10,625,4493
38Costa Rica5,003,3933
39Mauritius1,264,8873
40Slovakia5,443,1203
41Ukraine42,248,1293
42Bahamas381,3203
43Bahrain1,496,3002
44Poland38,433,6002
45Greece10,768,1932
46South Korea51,635,2562
47Hungary9,771,0002
48Romania20,244,0802
49Taiwan23,577,2712
50Uruguay3,505,9852
51Qatar2,561,6432
52Malaysia32,486,8002
53Armenia2,969,8002
54Macedonia (FYROM)2,075,3012
55Tunisia11,446,3002
56Georgia3,729,6002
57Montenegro622,3591
58Chile17,574,0031
59South Africa57,725,6001
60Kosovo1,798,5061
61Panama4,158,7831
62Lebanon6,093,5091
63Argentina44,494,5021
64Moldova3,550,9001
65Brazil209,681,0001
66Bosnia and Herzegovina3,511,3721
67Brunei422,6781
68Turkey80,810,5251
69Belize395,8821
70Thailand69,183,1731
71Trinidad and Tobago1,356,6331
72Saudi Arabia33,413,6601
73Albania2,870,3241
74Kuwait4,226,9201
75Colombia49,981,9001
76Vietnam94,660,0001
77Venezuela31,828,1101
78Jamaica2,728,8641
79Jordan10,256,3001
80Peru32,162,1841
81Sri Lanka21,444,0001
82Philippines106,574,0001
83Kenya50,950,8791
84Fiji884,8871
85Mexico124,737,7891
86Oman4,651,7061
87Russia146,877,0881
88Japan126,420,0001
89India1,337,930,0001
90Mongolia3,230,0100
91Kazakhstan18,292,7000
92Maldives378,1140
93Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)1,159,2500
94Ecuador17,090,2000
95Dominican Republic10,266,1490
96Nigeria193,392,5170
97Morocco34,808,3000
98Egypt97,691,7000
99Botswana2,302,8780
100Pakistan202,246,0000
101Nepal29,218,8670
102Iran81,852,4000
103Azerbaijan9,943,2260
104Ghana29,614,3370
105Zimbabwe14,848,9050
106Bhutan727,1450
107Palestine4,780,9780
108Bolivia11,307,3140
109Indonesia265,015,3000
110Paraguay7,052,9830
111Guatemala17,302,0840
112Cambodia16,069,9210
113El Salvador6,643,3590
114Honduras9,012,2290
115Senegal15,726,0370
116Kyrgyzstan6,309,3000
117Laos6,961,2100
118Saint Kitts and Nevis46,2040
119Rwanda12,001,1360
120Cape Verde544,0810
121Cameroon23,794,1640
122Bangladesh165,323,0000
123Suriname568,3010
124Cote d’Ivoire25,073,5430
125Uganda38,823,1000
126Algeria42,545,9640
127Papua New Guinea8,558,8000
128Nicaragua6,284,7570
129Uzbekistan32,653,9000
130Benin11,362,2690
131Togo7,352,0000
132Tanzania54,199,1630
133Libya6,470,9560
134Zambia16,887,7200
135Cuba11,221,0600
136Myanmar53,862,7310
137Mozambique28,861,8630
138Afghanistan31,575,0180
139Haiti11,112,9450
140Madagascar26,262,8100
141Mauritania3,984,2330
142Angola29,250,0090
143Liberia4,382,3870
144Iraq39,339,7530
145Sudan40,888,5300
146Ethiopia107,534,8820
147Yemen28,915,2840
148Dem. Rep. Congo84,749,3010
149Malawi17,931,6370
150North Korea25,610,6720
151China1,394,480,0000
152Antigua and Barbuda86,2950
153Burkina Faso20,244,0800
154Burundi10,681,1860
155Central African Republic (CAR)4,737,4230
156Chad15,353,1840
157Comoros850,6880
158Djibouti1,049,0010
159Dominica71,2930
160Equatorial Guinea1,222,4420
161Eritrea5,187,9480
162Gabon2,067,5610
163Gambia2,163,7650
164Grenada103,3280
165Guinea11,883,5160
166Guinea-Bissau1,584,7630
167Guyana782,2250
168Kiribati120,1000
169Lesotho2,263,0100
170Liechtenstein38,1110
171Mali19,107,7060
172Marshall Islands55,5000
173Micronesia105,3000
174Monaco38,3000
175Namibia2,413,6430
176Nauru10,0840
177Niger22,545,1820
178Palau17,9000
179Saint Lucia179,6670
180Saint Vincent and the Grenadines109,5570
181Samoa56,7000
182San Marino33,3440
183Sao Tome and Principe197,7000
184Seychelles94,2050
185Sierra Leone7,719,7290
186Solomon Islands667,0440
187Somalia15,181,9250
188S. Sudan12,323,4190
189Syria18,284,4070
190Tajikistan8,931,0000
191Timor-Leste1,261,4070
192Tonga109,2800
193Turkmenistan5,851,4660
194Tuvalu10,6400
195Vanuatu304,5000
196Vatican City (Holy See)8000

Now this is more interesting and provides some food for thought. Both offshore / low tax locations (probably due to ICOs) and traditional blockchain centres such as Malta, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherlands and Cyprus are mixed here. I’m slightly surprised to see Slovenia as N7-8 in the list, but having met some really great blockchain developers and analysts from there I know there are a quite a few blockchain focused businesses in Slovenia.

Heatmap below.

blockchain developers relative to population by country, world mapHeatmap: world blockchain developers by country, relative to population size, 2018

Zooming into Europe, Malta, Switzerland, NetherlandsLuxembourgCyprus, Ireland, Slovenia and Estonia are ahead in terms of blockchain developers saturation, followed by Lithuania and United Kingdom.

blockchain developers proportional saturation Europe

Heatmap: Europe blockchain developers by country, relative to population size, 2018

Zooming into Asia, Singapore is far ahead, followed by Cyprus, UAE and Israel. Countries like Bahrain and Qatar also have sizeable presence having around 3 blockchain developers per 100,000 of population.

blockchain developers map Asia 2018

Heatmap: Asia blockchain developers by country, relative to population size, 2018

We hope you find this information useful. Definitely it helps us in our planning of our developer outreach and ecosystem activities. We are committed to work globally on educating more decentralized technology developers and growing the blockchain ecosystem.

Dappros plans to keep monitoring the statistics on blockchain developers worldwide. Stay tuned for updates, it will be interesting to see how figures develop over time.

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One comment

  1. Hey, thanks for pulling this data. Really useful…

    I’d like to know more about the initial list. In particular, how can the # of blockchain developers be greater than the Total, est.? What defines these fields?

    Also curious about how the data was pulled (I imagine anyone with “developer” “Ethereum” or “Blockchain” in their Twitter/Linkedin profiles were gathered?

    Thanks for the info!

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