And the #2 Lean Blog Reader Country Is…


… the United Kingdom. Following up on the question I posed last week, asking readers to guess the percentage of U.S. blog readership and the country that's #2 in the list. Click on the map for a complete view and click on that for a larger image.

I also asked, in quiz form, what percentage of readers you thought were from the U.S.  The wisdom of the crowd was nearly right. 18 of you guessed 75% and 18 guessed 60%. It's actually closer to 60% from the U.S. It fluctuates from 60 to 68% depending on the time frame, and my web stats count multiple days before rolling over. Google Analytics (my secondary source) says 63% U.S. readership. Smaller numbers guessed 90% or 45%.

It's great to see how interest in Lean is worldwide and it's an honor that people would visit my site from all of these places around the world. There are similar trends for the website for my book Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Satisfaction, where actually only 52% of site visitors come from the U.S.

The list of the top visiting countries (not the complete list) is below. From the comments on the blog or the poll site, eight of you guessed “UK.” See below for the winner.

Of the eight who guessed the UK, I put you all in a spreadsheet and set up a random number function in Excel (nerdy, I know):

Since the random # was 0.67, that means Jan is the winner. Jan, please email me. If I don't hear from Jan in two weeks, I'll choose another winner.

Thanks to all who entered and to all of you read the Lean Blog!

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Wow, that’s great!
    You (or excel?) made a nicer day for me :-)

    I dropped you an email through the contact us button on this page.


  2. What your stats don’t show are people who read your blog via feeds.

    I hope that for sake of our country that there are other people in Finland besides me who read your blog but they just do it via feeds and that is the reason why they don’t show in the statistics.

    I think Feedburner atleast used to provide subscribtion stats by country as well, though.

  3. Panu – good point about the feeds. I didn’t check that until now.

    The results from RSS feeds, Finland is #4 actually. The full results:

    1 United States 1,457
    2 United Kingdom 214
    3 Germany 91
    4 Finland 79
    5 France 76
    6 Canada 57
    7 Switzerland 52
    8 Netherlands 42
    9 India 32
    10 Spain 26
    11 Sweden 20
    12 Belgium 19
    13 Brazil 17
    14 Turkey 15
    15 Australia 13
    16 Singapore 12
    17 Italy 11
    18 South Korea 11
    19 Ireland 9


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