Eurostat report on ICT usage and uptake: Progress towards the interim Digital Agenda targets

posted 19 Dec 2011, 00:19 by Costas Kalogiros   [ updated 19 Dec 2011, 00:20 ]
Eurostat, 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, Norway, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey

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.