Nearly half of the population in European Union countries use the Internet at least once a week, according to data released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities.
In EU countries, forty-seven percent of individuals use the Internet regularly, which is classified as at least once a week from home, work, or another location. More men (51 percent) than women (43 percent) use the Internet on a regular basis. Age also influences Internet usage habits. Seventy-three percent of individuals aged 16 to 24 use the Internet regularly; 54 percent of adults aged 25 to 54 use it regularly; and 20 percent of adults 55 to 74 use it regularly.
|European Internet Usage by Individuals, Q1 2006 (%)|
|Use the Internet at Least Once a Week|
|Total||Men||Women||16-24 Years Old||25-54 Years Old||55-74 Years Old|
|Notes: 1. EU25 excludes member states for which data is not available.
2. Individuals used the Internet at least once a week.
3. N/A – Data is not available.
4. U – Data is not reliable.
Within EU25 member states, 52 percent of households had access to the Internet in Q1 2006, compared to 48 percent in Q1 2005. In that period, 32 percent had a broadband connection, up from 23 percent the previous year.
The countries with the highest household penetration of Internet use are the Netherlands (80 percent); Denmark (79 percent); Sweden (77 percent); and Luxembourg (70 percent). The lowest Internet use penetration exists in Greece (23 percent); Slovakia (27 percent); Hungary (32 percent); Lithuania (35 percent); and Portugal (35 percent).
Household broadband penetration is highest in the Netherlands (66 percent); Denmark (63 percent); Finland (53 percent); and Sweden (51 percent). The lowest adoption rates of broadband in the home occur in Greece (4 percent); Slovakia (11 percent); Cyprus (12 percent); and Ireland (13).
Business uptake of Internet access and broadband was also counted in the survey. In Q1 of this year, 94 percent of EU enterprises with 10 or more employees had Internet access, up from 91 percent in early 2005.
Member countries with the highest degree of Internet access were Finland (99 percent); Denmark (98 percent); Austria (98 percent); and the Netherlands (97 percent). All other countries except Latvia (80 percent); Cyprus (86 percent); Lithuania (88 percent); and Poland (89 percent) had at least a 90 percent rate of Internet adoption.
Enterprise broadband adoption is highest in Sweden (89 percent); Finland (89 percent); Spain (87 percent); and France (86 percent). Broadband access is lowest among enterprise businesses in Poland (46 percent); Cyprus (55 percent); Lithuania (57 percent); and Latvia (59 percent).
|European Internet Access by Households and Enterprises, Q1 2006 (%)|
|Proportion With Internet Access||Proportion With Broadband Connection|
1. EU25 excludes member states for which data is not available.
2. The reference period for enterprises is January.
3. N/A – Data is not available.
|Source: Eurostat, 2006|
The data are from a survey conducted in households with at least one person aged 16 to 74 during Q1 2006. Households were asked about Internet access by any member of the household at home and Internet use at the home and other locations. The enterprise data are part of a survey conducted with businesses employing at least 10 people in January 2006. Activities covered manufacturing, construction, distributive trades, hotels and accommodation, transport and communication, real estate, renting and business activities, motion picture and video activities, and radio and television activities.
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