Apple iPad 2 arrives in 25 countries on Friday

Apple has officially announced the list of 25 countries which will have stocks of the iPad 2 available for sale this Friday.

Unprecedented demand in the USA fuelled persistent rumours that a wider launch would have to be delayed, but Apple is sticking to its guns, today announcing opening times and availability in a long list of mainly European territories.

The iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25 at £400 for the 16GB model, £480 for the 32GB model and £560.00 for the 64GB model.

The 3G-equipped version adds £100 to those prices across the board.

Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and other countries will have to wait until April at the earliest, although the Hong Kong grey market is already flooded with massivley overpriced US imports.

Online ordering will be active from 1pm UK time and Apple Stores will make what we are sure will be severely limited stocks available from 5pm, eight hours later than expected.