The Netherlands tops EU list for internet accessibility

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The Netherlands topped the list of the 28 EU countries for having the most household connections to the internet, the national statistics office CBS said on Monday.

In 2017, 98% of Dutch households had connections to the internet, compared with 87% for the EU as a whole. The Netherlands also led the pack of those countries with high-speed internet connections, the CBS said.

Luxembourg and Denmark were one percentage point behind the Netherlands, followed by Sweden and Finland, at 95%. In 2015 Luxembourg headed the list with 97%, edging out the Netherlands at 96%.




The share of households with internet connections is considerably lower in southern and eastern Europe, although both regions are making gains, said the CBS report, which is based on figures from EU statistics agency Eurostat.

The Netherlands and Sweden scored the highest at 87% in the use of mobile internet. The EU average for use of mobile internet by those aged between 16 and 75 was only 65%.