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Europe figures reveal jump in UK broadband internet access

Europe figures reveal jump in UK broadband internet access

Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Communities, has issued its latest 'Internet usage in 2009 - Households and Individuals' report of the 27 EU member states. It reveals that UK broadband Internet access has jumped by 7% this past year to 69% (EU average 56%) and the proportion of households with internet access topped 77% (EU average 65%); just behind front the runners - Netherlands (90%), Luxembourg (87%), Sweden (86%), Denmark (83%), Germany (79%) and Finland (78%)

Nearly 90 % of the EU population with high formal education used the internet regularly, more than twice as much as the share for the population with low formal education. For example, 40% of those aged 25-54 with no or low formal education used the internet at least once a week. This rises to 69% for medium formal education and 92% for high formal education (the latter would presumably also have more cash to spare).

Regular internet use by men and women increased by more than 10% in each age group between 2006 and 2009; though gender gaps have closed. For example, in 2006 some 55% of men and 48% of woman aged 25-54 used the internet least once a week; in 2009 this figure grew to 70% and 66% respectively.

In 2009, 37% of individuals aged 16-74 in the EU27 had bought or ordered goods or services over the internet in the last 12 months. This share varied considerably between Member States, ranging from 2% in Romania to 66% in the United Kingdom. The top reason for those who did not buy goods online was because they prefer to shop in person (over 80%).

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