More than 50% of households in the 25 EU countries now have access to the web, according to a new report.

The survey was carried out by Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the EU, and the findings confirm the growth of broadband connections. The data is from the first quarter of 2006.

The report’s findings include:

• 32% of households had a broadband connection, compared to 23% in 2005.

• 94% of businesses with at least 10 employees had access to the internet, up from 91% in 2005. 75% of businesses had a broadband connection, compared with 63% in 2005.

• Household internet access ranged from 23% in Greece to 80% in the Netherlands.

• Countries with the highest proportion of internet access were Netherlands (80%), Denmark (79%) and Sweden (77%).

• The lowest proportions of internet access were found in Greece (23%), Slovakia (27%), and Hungary (32%).

• 63% of UK households have internet access, compared with the combined figure of 52% for the EU25.

• 73% of the 16-24 age group used the internet at least once a week. This figure was 54% for 25-54 year olds, and 20% for those over 54.

• 32% of EU25 households now have broadband access. For the UK this figure is 44%.

Further reading:

Eurostat EU25 internet usage statistics

Internet Statistics Compendium – November 2006