79 % of households have access to Internet
In 2017, 79 % of households had access to the Internet, while in 2007 those were only 51 %. In 2017, almost all households (77 %) had broadband Internet connection. During the last five years, this indicator increased by 10 percentage points.
Increasing number of Latvian residents use Internet outside home and work. 52 % of residents used mobile telephone or smartphone, 22 % – portable computer (for example, laptop, tablet PC, etc.) and 2 % – other portable devices (e.g., e-book reader, smartwatch, game consoles, etc.) to access the Internet outside home or work.
The most Internet is used to access e-mail
In 2017, population used Internet the most to send or receive e-mail (86 %), to read online news sites, newspapers and news magazines (84 %) and to use Internet Banking (75 %). 74 % of persons, who have used Internet during the last 3 months, have participated in social networks. Comparatively smaller amount of population used platforms available on the Internet to express own opinion on civic or political issues (6 %).
In 2017, 47 % of females and 44 % of males made online purchases. Population in age group 25–34 years (74 %) and youth 16–24 years (65 %) makes online purchases the most. Interest on online purchases is increasing in age group 45–64 years. Respectively, 40 % of population in age group 45–54 years and 23 % – in age group 55–64 years have made online purchases during the last year.
In 2017, amount of purchases mostly is below EUR 50. This amount was spent by 42 % of population, who made online purchases during the last 3 months, while 4 % of population spent more than EUR 500.