ECONOMY

Greeks are still reluctant to get connected

Greece remains a laggard in Europe concerning familiarity with information technology and online connections. A survey conducted for the European Commission shows that one in eight households in 15 EU member states – that is, excluding this year’s new members – has a quick and permanent broadband connection to the Internet, either through DSL, cable or satellite. The relative figure in Greece is just 1 percent. In total, just 18 percent of Greek households (up from 14 percent in 2003) have an Internet connection, putting Greece just ahead of Portugal in the next-to-last place among the EU 15. The EU average is 39 percent and Sweden (73 percent) is the most «connected» country. Greece is last in the percentage of households that own a computer with 33 percent (up from 27 percent in 2003).