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August 27, 2008

Russia Has Fastest Growing Internet Population in Europe

European Internet Audience Soars to More than 240 Million Visitors in June

Regional Online Penetration Highest in the Netherlands and Nordic Countries

LONDON, U.K., August 27, 2008 – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released the results of a study of the online behavior of European Internet audiences based on data from the comScore World Metrix audience measurement service, showing Russia as the fastest-growing Internet population on the continent.

Fastest Growing Internet Audiences in Europe

The total number of European Internet users grew 8 percent during the past year to 241.8 million visitors in June 2008. Russia ranked as the fastest-growing Internet audience in Europe, up 27 percent to 17.5 million visitors, followed by France (up 21 percent to 31.5 million visitors), Spain (up 15 percent to 16.2 million visitors), and Ireland (up 15 percent to 1.6 million visitors).

Growth of European internet Audiences
Ranked by Year on Year Growth Rate*
Total Unique Visitors (000)** Age 15+
Home & Work locations
June 2008 vs. June 2007
Source: comScore World Metrix
Country Jun-2007 Jun-2008 % Change
Europe 223,922 241,847 8%
Russian Federation 13,791 17,490 27%
France 26,106 31,463 21%
Spain 14,074 16,245 15%
Ireland 1,400 1,606 15%
Switzerland 3,743 4,183 12%
Denmark 3,109 3,437 11%
United Kingdom 31,669 34,860 10%
Belgium 4,807 5,237 9%
Italy 17,905 19,455 9%
Sweden 5,351 5,766 8%
Austria 3,767 4,056 8%
Norway 2,654 2,835 7%
Germany 32,857 34,986 6%
Finland 2,848 3,015 6%
Netherlands 11,287 11,227 -1%
Portugal N/A 3,618 N/A

*Rankings based on the 16 individually reportable European countries in comScore World Metrix. European Internet audience figures are comprehensive and include visitation from countries that are not individually reportable.

**Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

Internet Penetration by Country

Internet adoption was highest in the Netherlands, where 82 percent of the country’s total population age 15 and older went online in June. Adoption rates were also high in the Nordic countries, with Denmark (77 percent), Sweden (76 percent), Norway (76 percent) and Finland (69 percent) rounding out the top five.

U.K. Internet users spent the greatest amount of time online, averaging 28.5 hours per user per month, while German Internet users recorded the most page views, averaging 2,906 pages per visitor. Although Russia had the fastest-growing audience in Europe, it ranked near the bottom in terms of penetration and page views.

European Internet Usage Overview
Ranked by Penetration of Total Country Population Age 15+*
Total Unique Visitors (000)** Age 15+
Home & Work locations
June 2008 vs. June 2007
Source: comScore World Metrix
Country Penetration of Total Country population, Age 15+ Online (%)*** Average Hours per Visitor Average Pages per Visitor
Europe 39% 23.3 2,665
Netherlands 82% 23.4 2,884
Denmark 77% 16.8 2,406
Sweden 76% 21.7 2,901
Norway 76% 19.9 2,480
Finland 69% 20.0 2,644
Switzerland 66% 19.0 2,176
United Kingdom 65% 28.5 2,836
France 61% 23.3 2,544
Belgium 60% 19.9 2,343
Austria 58% 16.0 2,078
Ireland 49% 14.6 1,536
Germany 49% 23.2 2,906
Spain 47% 25.1 2,218
Portugal 41% 19.8 2,393
Italy 39% 18.8 1,971
Russian Federation 14% 16.0 2,091

*Rankings based on the 16 individually reportable European countries in comScore World Metrix. European Internet audience figures are comprehensive and include visitation from countries that are not individually reportable.

**Excludes traffic from public computers such as Internet cafes or access from mobile phones or PDAs.

***Geographic population breakdowns supplied by U.S. Census Bureau, 2007.

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Ayaan Mohamud
comScore, Inc.
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