Internet use jumps in Europe

Dec. 18, 2013 at 11:15 AM   |   Comments

BRUSSELS, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Internet use in the European Union has jumped substantially in the past six years, the European Commission said Wednesday.

More than 60 percent of individuals in the EU use the Internet every day, the commission said.

In the EU, 79 percent of households had access to the Internet in 2013 and 76 percent had broadband service.

In contrast to the 62 percent who use the Internet every day, 21 percent of individuals survey indicated they had never used the Internet at all.

That is a drop from 37 percent in 2007 who indicated they had never used the Internet, the Commission said in a report released by Eurostat, the region's statistics agency.

In contrast to 2013, there were 55 percent of households in the EU with Internet access in 2007 with 42 percent using a broadband service.

The commission said over 90 percent of individuals had Internet access in four countries, led by the Netherlands with 95 percent access, Luxembourg at 94 percent, and Denmark and Sweden, both at 93 percent.

The lowest rates of access are in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania with rates of 54 percent, 56 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

The highest rate of daily use was in Denmark at 84 percent followed by the Netherlands at 83 percent.

The lowest daily use was posted by Bulgaria at 43 percent and Romania at 32 percent.

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