Web surfers here in the UK spend more time online than those in the rest of Europe or the US, according to a study released today. But, predictably, we lose out to Germany in terms of entire online population.

The average UK internet user spends a day and a half online each month - 34.4 hours - followed by the Swedes with 31.7 hours and the Spaniards with 30.6 hours, according to comScore's World Metrix study.

To back up the results, a recentPC Advisor poll, with 1,646 respondents, found that 15 percent of people spend more than six hours a day online.

The UK and Sweden also beat the US in terms of web time. In the States the averageweb surfer spends 31.4 hours online each month, the study found.

Asked to explain the UK's high usage rates, Bob Ivins, managing director of comScore Europe, cited an increase in broadband usage and Britain's poor weather.

Germany has Europe's biggest internet population, with 35.6 million people, although Germans spend less time in front of their computers on average, racking up a measly 22.6 hours online each month. The average for Europe is 24.1 hours per month.

The Netherlands has the greatest internet penetration, at 83 percent, followed by Norway and Sweden with 70 percent each. Russia came last with only 11 percent internet penetration.