How popular is EU internet use among older people?

Internet has become increasingly important in recent years and particularly so in 2020, following the COVID-19 outbreak and the related confinement and social distancing measures.

In 2020, 88 % of people aged 16-74 in the EU reported they had used the internet in the last 3 months; ranging from 70 % in Bulgaria to 99 % in Denmark.

Although very common among the young, internet use is not as habitual among the older generation: 98% of those aged 16-24 used the internet in the last 3 months vs. 61% of those aged 65-74. While internet use remains high among the young across the EU, it varies greatly among the older age groups.

In 2020, Denmark recorded the highest share (94 %) of people aged 65-74 who used the internet in the last 3 months, followed by Luxembourg and Sweden (both 91 %), the Netherlands (90 %) as well as Finland (88 %). In contrast, only 25 % of people aged 65-74 in Bulgaria used the internet in the last 3 months, followed by those in Croatia (28 %) and Greece (33 %).

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