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Which EU nation is least connected to the Internet?

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Internet access has become so essential to daily life that many Filipinos go online at least once a day for work or to socialise. But did you know that in one EU country, as much as 24% of citizens have never used the Internet?


In the data compiled by EU 2014 Digital Scoreboard, Spaniards came on top as the least connected to the Internet. Almost one out of four Spaniard has never gone online, more than the EU average of one out of five. But this year’s number is better than last year’s figure of 27%.


Spaniards also performed poorly in other facets of Internet use:

  • When it comes to daily internet use, Spaniards scored lower than the EU average at 54% against 62%
  • When it comes to shopping online in the past 12 months, Spaniards scored dramatically lower than the EU at 32% against 47%


However, Spaniards rated higher or were at par with their EU peers in other aspects of Internet use, showing the nation’s contrasting Internet habits:

  • When it comes to using the Internet for eGovernment services, Spaniards scored higher than the EU average at 44% against 41%
  • Spaniards aged 55–74, the disadvantaged, those with low education levels, the unemployed, retired or inactive were as highly digitally skilled as the EU average


European Commission Vice President Nellie Kroes commented that the EU needs to do more when it comes to Internet access or else ‘face a digitally illiterate underclass in Europe.’



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