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75% of Luxembourg residents read news online

20.12.2012 From our online archive
Three quarters of Luxembourg residents use the internet to read online news and e-papers, while just over half use the web for social networking, a Eurostat report has found.

(CS) Three quarters of Luxembourg residents use the internet to read online news and e-papers, while just over half use the web for social networking, a Eurostat report has found.

Other activities of Luxembourg internet users included internet banking (69 percent) and booking travel and accommodation (65 percent). Only 11 percent used the internet for creating a website or a blog.

In all of these categories Luxembourg lies above the EU27 average, showing how well connected the Grand Duchy's households are to the internet.

Across the EU residents used the internet for:

  • Reading online news and newspapers – 61 percent
  • Internet banking – 54 percent
  • Posting messages to social media – 52 percent
  • Travel and accommodation services – 50 percent
  • Creating a website or blog – 9 percent

These numbers, however, hide big differences in internet use across the EU's 27 member states.

For example, only 38 percent of French internet users used the web to read the news, while this number was highest in Lithuania (92 percent).

Whereas 91 percent used the internet for online banking in Finland, only 7 percent of Bulgarians made use of that service. But, 57 percent of Bulgarians use social networking sites, more than Luxembourg.

The Eurostat report also echoed another report released earlier this month, saying that Luxembourg was a top provider of broadband services.

The latest study finds that 93 percent of Luxembourg households had internet access in 2012 with 68 percent using a broadband connection.

In the EU27, on average 76 percent of households had internet access and 72 percent used a broadband connection.