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Bulgaria Lags Behind in European Internet Services

Date: 11.12.2009

Despite increased internet access, Bulgaria still lags behind many EU member states in terms of broadband connections and online shopping. Over a half of the European Union’s households have access to broadband internet connection, but Bulgaria’s take-up is among the lowest, at 30 %.

A report by Eurostat shows that Bulgarian access to the internet has increased since 2007, from 19 of households to 30 %. During the same time, broadband access has grown from 15 to 26 %.

These figures are, however, among the lowest of the 27 EU member states. Serbia shows a growth from 26 to 37% in internet access, with 23% now on broadband. Romania currently has 38 % internet penetration, with 24% broadband access.

Across the European Union, 65 % of households had internet access, compare with 60 % at the start of 2008. Broadband connections accounted for 56, a rise from 49 % in 2008.

The highest rates of internet access are in the Netherlands (90 %), Luxembourg (87 %), and Sweden (86 %). The most prolific broadband users are in Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark, with between 76 and 80 % access.

Almost 75 % of the population between 16 and 24 used the internet daily, compared with almost 50 % in the age group between 16 and 74. Of this wider group, some 5 % of Bulgarians used the internet for online shopping, compared with an average of 37 % across Europe, and 66 % in Lithuania.

Overall, men were more likely to shop online than women.


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