One in Seven Germans Has Never Been Online

Despite nation-wide connectivity, around 15% of Germans (one in seven) have never used the Internet, the German Federal Statistical Office reported yesterday.

The figure is based on an extensive poll among households throughout 2012 and applies to citizens aged 16 to 74.

In the EU as a whole, even 22% of people in that age bracket (one in five) have never been online, with Romania, Greece and Bulgaria bringing up the rear with over 40% of citizens not using the Internet at all. Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland and the Netherlands were reported to be on the other side of the spectrum, with less than 10% of people completely shunning the online world.