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Study finds 72% of EU homes have broadband connections
Broadband connectivity in EU27 nations has rocketed since 2006.The proportion of European households connected to broadband has surged over the last six years, according to new figures from Eurostat.
In 2012, just under three-quarters (72 per cent) of homes in EU27 countries had access to the web via a broadband service, compared with just 30 per cent in 2006.
This increase is more significant than the upturn in overall internet provision and usage, which rose from just under half of all households to over three-quarters during the study period.
When every member state is taken into account, at least one home out of every two has a broadband connection, with the largest share of high-speed internet services recorded in Sweden (87 per cent).
Denmark and Finland were named in joint second place for broadband uptake with 85 per cent, followed closely by The Netherlands (83 per cent), Germany (82 per cent) and the UK (80 per cent).
Eurostat also discovered that more than half of EU27 internet users post messages to social media sites and over 60 per cent read online news.