Although dividend exchange traded funds for U.S. stocks have been extremely popular the past year, investors may also want to consider ETFs that invest in international markets.

“International dividend stocks are an interesting place for a yield investor to be,” said Alec Young, global equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, in a Bloomberg report this week.

Three of the top-selling ETFs in 2011 invest in U.S. dividend stocks, and the funds’ average yield of 2.8% beats the rate on the 10-year Treasury note, according to the article. [These Dividend ETFs are Globetrotters]

However, off $1 trillion in dividend payments made last year among global stocks, the U.S. represented only 25% of the total, the report said. [International Dividend ETFs for Income]

Interest in international dividend ETFs is displayed by the recent launch of iShares Emerging Market Dividend Fund (NYSEArca: DVYE). [Emerging Market Dividend ETFs]

Three of the largest international dividend ETFs are SPDR S&P International Dividend (NYSEArca: DWX), iShares Dow Jones International Select Dividend Index (NYSEArca: IDV) and PowerShares International Dividend Achievers (NYSEArca: PID).

PowerShares International Dividend Achievers

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