Dutch internet skills above EU average

The Dutch population aged 16-74 years became more skilled in using the internet between 2010 and 2013. The over-65s in particular have made up a lot of ground in terms of online activity.

Internet skills in the Netherlands

In 2010, 57 percent of Dutch over-65s could use the internet, by 2013 this had already risen to 75 percent. The level of internet skills in the Dutch population is higher than average in the European Union. The most common internet skill of the Dutch population is how to use a search engine, Google for example. Some 92 percent of 16 to 74-year-olds knew how to use a search engine in 2013. A large majority - 84 percent - also know how to send an e-mail with attached files. Phone calls via the internet, for example via Skype, have also become more common: this rose from 31 in 2010 to 46 percent in 2013. More people are also sharing media via the internet, music and videos for example: this share rose from 25 to 31 percent. The Dutch are defter on the internet than the average EU citizen. Together with Denmark, Sweden and Finland, the Netherlands is one of the countries where less than 10 percent of the population have no internet skills.

Source: Netherlands Statistics