Baltic Sea Region Territorial Monitoring System

Households with access to internet at home

Indicator definition

The indicator households with internet access at home is defined as the number of households with internet access in percent of the total number of households.

Indicator importance

In recent years importance of internet access for households and firms increased significantly. Internet access is prerequsiite for doing business, and for taking part in social life. Lack of access can thus be considered as severe drawback.

Findings

Unfortunately, no regional data are available about several large EU member states - Germany, France, UK and Poland, also Russia and Belarus. Because of that the spatial pattern of the indicator is fragmentary. The highest percentage of households with internet can be found in the Scandinavian and Benelux countries’ regions (72-98%). Portugal, most of Spain, southern Italy, Romania and Bulgaria form a southern belt of lower home internet access. Because of very fragmentary data no general pattern can be observed for the BSR. Only the difference between very high Scandinavian access rate and medium access rate in the Baltic States (62-71%) can be pointed out.
Related to this, the alternative indicator on broadband access does not reveal any definite geographical pattern. Generally, the access rate is quite good – typically 86% at least. No clear west-east or north- south divide exists. Remarkably lower rates can be found mostly in Romania and Bulgaria.