Over Half Of Europeans Online

    December 4, 2007

In Europe 54 percent of households had access to the Internet in the first quarter of 2007, up from 49 percent in the first quarter of 2006, and 42 percent had a broadband connection, compared with 30 percent in 2006, according to statistical agency Eurostat.

The largest numbers of households with Internet access were in the Netherlands with 83 percent, trailed by Sweden at 79 percent and followed by Denmark at 78 percent. The lowest levels of Internet access were in Bulgaria at 19 percent, followed by Romania at 22 percent and Greece at 25 percent.

The number of households with a broadband connection in 2007 was highest in the Netherlands at 74 percent, followed by Denmark at 70 percent and Sweden at 67 percent. The lowest levels of broadband connection were in Greece at 7 percent, trailed by Romania at 8 percent and Bulgaria at 15 percent.

In the EU 57 percent of individuals had used search engines. Half had sent emails with attachments and 30 percent said they defended against viruses and spyware. Just over one quarter had downloaded and installed software from the Internet.

About one quarter of individuals had been active in chatrooms, newsgroups or online discussions, and 15 percent had used the Internet to make phone calls. Peer to peer file sharing for exchange of movies and music had been used by 13 percent. One tenth had created a Web page.