How you entertained yourself in Europe online in 2020

In the EU in 2020, 75% of those aged 16 to 74 that used the internet in the previous 3 months read online news sites, newspapers, and news magazines, while 74 % watched internet-streamed TV or videos. The shares were lower for listening to music (61 %) and playing or downloading games (34 %). 

The Netherlands and Cyprus recorded the largest shares of people who streamed TV or videos (both 95 %), followed by Finland and Malta (both 93 %). The lowest shares were observed in Romania (37 %) and Bulgaria (44 %).

Online games most popular in the Netherlands

The Netherlands had the highest share of individuals playing or downloading games (56 %). Malta and Denmark had the second most significant shares (both 47 %). In Bulgaria and Poland, these shares were below 20 %.

For more information:

  • France: 2020 data not available. As a result, the EU aggregate has been estimated. 
  • See the Statistics Explained article on Culture statistics – Use of ICT for cultural purposes
  • The results above refer to individuals’ experiences during the last 3 months prior to the survey, i.e. the first quarter of 2020. Hence, the reference period refers mainly to the situation before the COVID-19 pandemic started. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the fieldwork had to be postponed or extended, and the timing of this 3-month reference period varies across countries.