ECONOMY

Trailing FYROM in Internet use

The penetration of broadband Internet in Greece not only lags behind the European Union average but now also trails that of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Greece has a penetration rate of just 33 percent against 34 percent in FYROM and 56 percent across the 27-member EU bloc, according to data in the ICT Usage Survey that is due to be released soon by European statistics agency Eurostat. Greece comes 30th in Internet use among the 33 European countries surveyed, with 38 percent of Greek households having access to the World Wide Web, compared to 42 percent in FYROM and 65 percent as the EU average. The same survey reportedly indicates that only 27 percent of people aged 16-64 years use the Internet on a daily basis in Greece, against 37 percent in FYROM. Greece also trails some of its other northern neighbors, such as Bulgaria and Romania, to say nothing of the picture in Northern European countries.