A new collection of statistical data “On the Information Society in Latvia”

10.01.2007

The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) has prepared for publishing a new collection of statistical data “On the Information Society in Latvia”. This publication will contain data on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in various fields such as households, among the population, in entrepreneurial activities and education. The data collection includes the results of the latest survey in 2006.

The 1st chapter is devoted to the main indicators of the ICT sector beginning from the year 2000.

The second and the third chapters contain data on the use of ICT by households and the population in the period beginning from 2004 until 2006.

Accessibility of households to computers and the Internet
(% of the total number of households)

Information on the kinds of Internet connection in households and computer skills of the population is also given, as is the information on the places and purposes of Internet use, shopping via the Internet and other interesting data.

Places where computers and the Internet were used in 2006
(% of the population who use the Internet regularly)

Data on households are broken down by the household structure, income level and regions but data on the population are broken down by sex, age, education qualification, employment and regions.

The fourth chapter of the publication provides information on ICT indicators in enterprises: the level of computerisation, percentage share of employees who use a computer and the Internet at work regularly, kinds of Internet connection and the purposes of Internet use as well as on the relevant indicators characterising e-commerce in enterprises. This chapter likewise contains the latest data for the year 2006 in breakdown by the kind of activity of the enterprise and the number of employees.

Use of computers and the Internet in enterprises
(at the beginning of the year, as % of the total number of enterprises)

The fifth chapter reflects the computerisation level of educational institutions and the sixth chapter presents international comparisons showing Latvia’s place among the other countries of the European Union.

Beginning from the 11th January, the data collection is available at the CSB Information Centre.

Prepared by the Trade and Services Statistics Section
Tel. 7366 948
Ieva Vanaga