How many EU citizens had basic digital skills in 2021?

In 2021, 54 % of people in the EU aged 16 to 74 had at least basic overall digital skills.

This information comes from data on digital skills indicators published by Eurostat on March 30, 2022.





In 2021, the share of people aged 16 to 74 who had at least basic overall digital skills was highest in the Netherlands and Finland (both 79 %), followed by Ireland (70 %). On the other hand, the lowest share was recorded in Romania (28 %), followed by Bulgaria (31 %) and Poland (43 %).

Digital skills indicators are some of the key performance indicators in the context of the Digital Decade, which sets out the EU’s vision for digital transformation. The Digital Compass sets out an aim for 80 % of EU citizens aged 16-74 years old to have at least basic digital skills by 2030.

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Methodological notes: 

  • Overall digital skills refer to five areas: information and data literacy skills, communication and collaboration skills, digital content creation skills, safety skills and problem-solving skills.
  • To have at least basic overall digital skills, people must know how to do at least one activity related to each area. For more information on the types of activities related to each skill, consult the metadata file .
  • The methodology for computing the Digital Skills Indicator has changed as of 2021. The new indicator reflects the 5 competence areas of the revised Digital Competence Framework (DIGCOMP 2.0).