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Hungary lags behind EU in internet use

During the first quarter of 2006, 42% of Hungarians used the internet at least once a week, compared to an average of 47% for all people living in the 25 member states of the European Union, according to a Friday news release from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Commission.

Just 32% of Hungarian households had access to the internet during the same period, the third lowest figure among the EU-25 behind only Greece (23%) and Slovakia (27%). A full 52% of households in the European Union were equipped to surf the Web in the first three months of the year, up from 48% in the same period in 2005.
Among Hungarian households, 22% had a broadband connection during the first quarter of 2006, compared to the EU average of 32%. Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands led the EU-25 in internet usage and home access during the first three months of the year, with more than 75% of people living in those countries using the internet at least once a week during the period and a similar proportion of the households in those countries having internet access at home.