Home > DocuBase > Article

« All DocuBase Articles


Follow DocuTicker on Twitter   Feed

Tuesday, 18th December 2012

Europe: Internet use in households and by individuals in 2012

Source: Eurostat

The percentage of individuals in the EU who used the internet in 2012 was 73 %. About one third of individuals used the internet on mobile devices away from home or work. There were significant differences in mobile internet usage between countries. The shares for individuals who used portable computers or handheld devices through a mobile phone network or wireless connection away from home or work were above 50 % in six Member States: Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden. The shares were below 20 % in five Member States: Bulgaria, Italy, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania.

The proportion of households in the EU with access to the internet was 76 % in 2012, an increase of 6 percentage points compared with 2010. Broadband access enables higher speed when browsing and performing activities. It has now reached a level close to saturation among households with internet access. In the EU27, 72 % of households have access to broadband at home, an increase of 11 percentage points compared with 2010.

+ Direct link to document (PDF; 287 KB)



Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

More articles by Adrian Janes »

Please note: DocuTicker's editors collect citations for full-text PDF reports freely available on the web but we do not archive these reports. When you click a link to find and/or download the report, you are leaving the DocuTicker site. DocuTicker makes no representations regarding the ongoing availability of any report or any external resource. Links were accurate as of the date of posting.

« All DocuBase Articles



FreePint supports the value of information in the enterprise. Read more »

FeedLatest FreePint Content:

  • Click to view the article Product Review of RefME (Technology - Search & User Interface; Outputs & Alerts; New Features)
    Tuesday, 6th October 2015

    Cindy Romaine looks at the technology behind RefME in the third part of her product review of the free tool to create citations, reference lists and biographies in any format. She covers how the tool allows sharing and collaborating on resources, methods of adding information for both desktop and mobile device and how to synchronise between the two, as well as covering exporting and looking at new features just announced.

  • Click to view the article Ebooks in the Corporate Market
    Tuesday, 6th October 2015

    When it comes to ebooks the corporate market lags behind the academic and public sector and a recent FreePint webinar highlighted the results of research carried out earlier this year as well as presenting thoughts from two major vendors operating in the ebooks market and how they are addressing this problem.

  • Click to view the article Q&A with CLA - Copyright Compliance in Multinational Business
    Tuesday, 6th October 2015

    FreePint's managing editor, Catherine Dhanjal, interviews speaker James Bennett, head of development at the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) to find out more about the agency and his upcoming speech "Copyright Compliance in Multinational Business" at the Content Workflow 2015 conference in October.

  • ... more ...

All FreePint Content »
FreePint Topics »

A FreePint Subscription delivers articles and reports that support your organisation's information practice, content and strategy.

Find out more and order a FreePint Subscription by visiting the
completing our online form: Subscription Order page.

FreePint Testimonials

"I found the Communities of Practice session one of the most valuable I have attended. It's helpful to talk to so many people who worry about ..."

Read more testimonials and supply yours »




Receive the DocuTicker Newsletter each week.

Find out more »

Article Categories

All Article Categories »


All DocuBase Sources »

Source Categories

All Source Categories »


All Archives »