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Global: Europe’s Internet virgins

How wired is Canada compared to European nations?

Internet virgins in EuropeIn a world where online banking is growing by leaps and bounds, some European nations are lagging far behind where Internet use is slow to penetrate.

Research conducted by the European Commission indicates the following countries have the largest percentage of Internet virgins: Turkey (46%), Romania (39%), Bulgaria (37%), Italy (32%).

Those stats describe individuals ages 16 to 74 who haven’t used the Internet ever — for any purpose — at home, work or from anywhere else.

In comparison, Canada is one of the world’s most wired countries, with just 13 per cent not online. Still, there’s room for improvement: European countries with the lowest percentage of Internet virgins, by contrast, are Iceland (1%), Norway and Denmark (3%) and Luxembourg (4%). ◊