A new report from the European Statistical Office, Eurostat, shows that Denmark leads the EU25 when the e-literacy of the populations are compared. In Denmark, only 10% of 16 -74 year olds have no basic computer skills, compared with an EU25 average of 37%. The range in ability revealed by the survey is surprisingly wide – in Hungary, Italy and Greece the corresponding figures for zero e-literacy were 57%, 59% and 65% respectively.
The same range in ability is also apparent across age groups in EU25. In the 16-24 age group, there is virtually no one in Denmark lacking basic computer skills, while for Hungary, Italy and Greece the figures are 34%, 28% and 32% respectively. The EU25 average figure for this group is 10%.
The Eurostat report reveals that education has an important role in improving e-skills. For the EU25 as a whole, the zero e-literacy level for students was just 4%, and for those with a higher education 11%.
Among the unemployed, the report found that Denmark and Sweden had the largest proportion possessing a high level of basic computer skills to offer a potential employer – 37% and 36% respectively – compared to the EU25 average of 17%. Again the range was broad; among the unemployed in Poland and Latvia the proportion able to offer high level e-literacy was 6% and 3% respectively. The news was reported on Eurostat's website.