Over 90% of the Icelandic nation uses the Internet

Statistics Iceland has published the results of its seventh survey on the use of ICT and the Internet by Icelandic households and individuals. The survey was conducted earlier this year and shows how the vast majority of Icelandic households have one or more computers and access to the Internet. In 2008, 92% of the households had a computer and 88% of the households had access to the Internet.

xDSL Internet connection are the most common type of Internet connections, whereas 94% of the Internet-connected households used an xDSL connection. That year only 5% of the Internet-connected households used a dial-up telephone connection or an ISDN connection.

According to Statistics Iceland the use of computers and the Internet is very widespread among individuals in Iceland. In 2008, 92% of the population aged 16–74 years used a computer and 91% had used the Internet in a period of three months prior to the survey. As in previous years the Internet is mainly used for information search and communication. In 2008, 36% of internet users aged 16–74 years had ordered goods or services over the Internet during a period of three months prior to the survey. As in previous years, the most popular goods and services purchased over the Internet are related to travel and accommodation.

Kristjan Mar Hauksson

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