Icelandic Internet Usage Highest in Europe - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Internet Usage Highest in Europe

Published October 7, 2009

48% of Icelandic homes have a flatscreen television, according to a new survey conducted by Statistics Iceland, and half have two or more televisions. Internet usage is nearly ubiquitous.
90% of Icelandic homes are connected to the internet, 97% of those with a high-speed connection. 93% of Icelanders aged 16 to 74 have used the internet in the past three months. Homes with children under the age of 16 were more likely to have computers than childless homes – 99% versus 88%, respectively – with 74% of homes with children and 49% of childless homes having two or more computers. Internet use was also high among seniors. 80% of men and 70% of women between the ages of 55 and 74 use the internet regularly.
These figures are well above the global average – only about 25% of the world use the internet regularly – and even above the European average, which is just over 50%. Iceland in fact leads Europe in internet usage, according to Internet World Stats. Norway and Denmark follow close behind, with about 85% and 84% respectively. By contrast, just under 80% of Brits use the net regularly, as do 74% of Americans.

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