So many millions of Germans have never used the Internet

Many millions of Germans have never been on the Internet. This is reported by the Federal Statistical Office. The payment.

The Internet has long been an integral part of everyday life. Be it for private matters, work, shopping, finances or pleasure. However, there is also a large proportion of the population who have never used the Internet. At least that’s what the figures published by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) this week show.

According to this, in 2021 in Germany around six percent of all Germans between the ages of 16 and 74 were so-called “offliners”. So you have never used the Internet before, as Destatis reports (it also explains how the numbers were calculated).

In the age group between 65 and 74 years, the proportion is 21 percent. In the age group between 55 and 64 years only 8 percent. And in the age group under 55 years of age, the proportion is at most 3 percent.

EU comparison – Greece has the most offliners

Destatis also takes a look at the “offliners” in the EU countries and refers to the figures determined by Eurostat for the year 2021. According to this, around 8 percent live in the EU who have never been on the Internet. The proportion is highest in Greece. Here, 20 percent of people aged 16 to 74 have never been on the Internet. Bulgaria follows with 17 percent and Portugal with 16 percent.

The percentage of offliners is lowest in Sweden with only 1 percent. Followed by the Netherlands with 3 and France with 5 percent.

The global proportion of offliners

Globally, the proportion of offliners is just over a third of the world’s population. At least that’s according to estimates by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU). According to this, 37 percent of people worldwide have never used the Internet, which corresponds to a number of approximately 2.9 billion people.

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