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Most Slovak households have a PC

AT THE end of the first quarter of 2010, over 72 percent of Slovak households had a personal computer in their home, the Slovak Statistics Office announced based on a survey it conducted.

AT THE end of the first quarter of 2010, over 72 percent of Slovak households had a personal computer in their home, the Slovak Statistics Office announced based on a survey it conducted.

According to the Statistics Office, 67.5 percent of Slovak households had internet access and a broadband connection was the most common, used by 73.1 percent of those with internet access. Another 31.7 percent in the survey said they connect to the internet via their mobile phones.

More than one in every three citizens older than 16 purchased goods or services online during the past 12 months, with the most frequent online shoppers being men, people between the ages of 25 and 34, people with university education, and those considered to be economically-active, i.e. in the labour force.

The Statistics Office stated that nearly all businesses had internet access in January 2010, specifically 97.8 percent of those surveyed. The majority of the firms (54.3 percent) used a DSL connection and 26.6 percent used broadband. Regarding use of the internet to communicate with public institutions, 87 percent of the firms reported that they had downloaded necessary forms from the internet. In 2009, over 8 percent of Slovak firms were selling goods and services online.


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