Digitization in everyday life
Around six percent of Germans between the ages of 16 and 74 have never used the Internet. Photo: Fabian Sommer/dpa
In the European Union, this corresponds to around 3.8 million people in Germany, according to the authority in Wiesbaden. The figures are from last year. The older the people, the higher the proportion of offliners becomes: at around 21 percent, it is the largest among the 65- to 74-year-olds, the Federal Office explained. Among the 55 to 64-year-olds, the proportion is eight percent, while under the age of 55 it is still no more than three percent.
37 percent of the world’s population has never been on the Internet
The life of the offliners has become even more complicated in the corona pandemic, the Federal Office explained and referred to the digital proof of vaccination and the online appointment bookings that are required in many places in the meantime. Comparisons to previous years are only possible to a very limited extent due to methodological changes.
In the European Union (EU), the average for offline users was eight percent last year. However, there are major differences within the EU, the Federal Office explained, referring to the statistics authority Eurostat. In Ireland, the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the proportion of 16 to 74-year-olds who had never used the Internet was less than five percent. The highest shares were recorded by Greece with 20 percent and Bulgaria with 17 percent and Portugal with 16 percent.
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According to estimates by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), 37 percent of the world’s population has never used the Internet. This corresponds to around 2.9 billion people worldwide.