BTS are a K-Pop idol group that has become a global phenomenon. They became international superstars and are often praised as one of the best boy bands of all time. They are known for releasing chart-topping hits with each release, elevating themselves to new heights and showcasing multiple versions of themselves over time.
Addictive tracks, incredible performances, and endearing personalities aside, BTS owes much of their success to the millions of fans who support them. With the help of their fandom, ARMY, BTS could be seen trending on various social media sites for days. The BTS fandom has an incredible reach, with 74.2 million YouTube subscribers and 42.8 million Twitter followers.
With such a large number, the question arises: where do most ARMYs reside? There have been numerous studies and sources over the years, but here are the top 10 countries with the most ARMY.
top 10 countries
2. South Korea
8. United States
Earlier this year, on March 10, the 2023 annual survey report on the Korean wave was released by the Korean government. The Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE) interviewed about 25,000 people from 26 countries. Among them were the top 10 countries listed above minus the Philippines and South Korea. Through the data collected, BTS was the #1 favorite K-Pop artist in 23 of the 26 countries that were surveyed.
If you want to read more details about the annual survey released by the Korean government, you can check out here.
Top 10 countries according to BTS ARMY census
In 2022, from April 1st to May 31st, a fan-conducted poll was conducted of over 500,000 ARMYs from around the world. While it doesn’t represent the entire fanbase, the data collected provided an interesting snapshot of ARMY from a different lens. The ARMY Census was conducted in 36 different languages to allow for proper and genuine responses. According to the ARMY Census, here are the top 10 countries with the ARMY listed below.
4. United States
Between the two lists, the United States, Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil and Indonesia appear on both. While on the initial list, the Philippines is listed as no. 1 and Mexico as not. On January 10, through the fan-led ARMY Census, the two countries switch places. The ARMY Census research team recognizes that they do not have such a vast online presence that they are able to reach all BTS fans in the world. But they aim to reach even more respondents from various countries.
If you want to see more details about BTS ARMY Census, you can click here.
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