At the end of March 2012 running survey “Use of computers and Internet in households” will be launched


At the end of March of this year Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) will launch annual survey “Use of computers and Internet in households”, and the survey will take place until the end of June. Within the framework of the survey households will be asked about the use of computer and Internet, Internet activities, cooperation with public services or authorities, purchases made on Internet etc. This survey additionally will include also questions on use of mobile Internet outside home or work.

Households selected with the random sampling method and consisting of at least one person aged 16–74 will be surveyed. Information provided by respondents will be used only in general, compiled form that absolutely excludes the possibility for identifying data provided by each separate person.

Part of interviews will be face-to-face interviews, whereas the other part - telephone interviews. Before the interview household will receive a letter indicating the way interview will be conducted and containing a small informative leaflet. In case of the face-to-face interview respondent may arrange more suitable time for the interview by calling to the number indicated in the letter. At arrival interviewers will show a certificate with a photo. The duration of the interview, depending on the number of persons residing household, will comprise approximately 15–30 minutes.

Summarized data obtained in the result of the survey will characterize the information society in Latvia, and they will be used to plan opportunities for Internet use as well as development of related economic and social processes. Everyone will be able to study the results of the survey in the middle of October on the CSB webpage. Results of the surveys carried out in previous years are available in the collection of statistical data “On information society in Latvia”, on the CSB webpage data base and in the Statistical Yearbook of Latvia. Statistical data characterizing information and communication technologies are also available in the Eurostat webpage database

CSB is asking residents to be responsive and cooperate with the interviewers, because response of each individual person is important in acquisition of qualitative data.

The survey is carried out with the financial support of the European Commission.


Prepared by the Trade and Services Statistics Section
Ineta Kromane
Tel. 67366725