Hotmail is used in more than 220 countries and territories, according to Reeves Little. If MSN Hotmail?s 190 mln active accounts were citizens of a single country, it would be the world?s 5th largest country. The MSN Hotmail user base has grown more than 18 times since January 1998, which is more than the world population has grown in the last fifty years. Since 1997, MSN Hotmail has grown nearly 20 times from 10 million to 190 million subscribers. In 2001 and 2003 MSN Hotmail was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world?s largest free Web-based e-mail service provider.