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EU broadband penetration doubles in 4 years

61% of homes now have broadband web access

The share of European households with broadband connections has doubled since 2006, to 61 percent.

Some 84 percent of European households with children now have internet access, compared to 65 percent in households without, according to figures released by Eurostat, the official statistics office of the European Union.

Eurostat surveyed individuals and households in the 27 EU member states, as well as Norway, Croatia and Turkey. The level of internet access increased in all the countries - particularly in Romania, where it tripled. The survey found that Sweden had the highest uptake of broadband connections in 2010, at 83 percent, while Greece had the lowest at 41 percent.

Those aged 16 to 24 were more likely to use social media, while one in five of those aged 55 to 74 use the internet to make voice calls. Almost all users, regardless of age, sent emails during the first quarter of 2010, but 80 percent of the younger users posted messages on chat sites, blogs and social networks, compared with less than 20 percent of those aged 55 to 74.

See also: UK ranked 5th in world for broadband penetration

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