posted 19 Dec 2011, 00:19 by Costas Kalogiros
updated 19 Dec 2011, 00:20
the statistical office of the European Union, has published results of a recent survey on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) usage in households and by individuals in the EU27
Member States, Iceland
, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
The main trends discovered about Internet usage and broadband connections uptake are:
- Household Internet access ranges from 45% in Bulgaria to 94% in the Netherlands. The level of Internet access (broadband or not) increased in all Member States between 2006 and 2011, but differences remain significant.
- Share of those who never used the Internet varies between 5% in Sweden and 54% in Romania. The share of individuals aged 16-74 in the EU27 who had never used the internet decreased from 42% (2006) to 24% (2011). Note that the target set for 2015 by the Digital Agenda for Europe is to reduce this share to 15%.
- E-commerce most frequent in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany and Sweden. In 2011, 58% of internet users in the EU27 had ordered goods or services over the Internet (e-commerce) within the last 12 months, almost half of the same population used the Internet to obtain information from websites of public authorities, and 28% to submit completed forms to public authorities, for example tax declarations (e-government).
The related report can be found here and further information here.