82 % of households have access to Internet
In 2018, 81.6 % households had access to the Internet, while in 2008 those were only 52.8 %. In 2018, 78.8 % of the households had a broadband Internet connection. During the last five years, this indicator has increased by 8.7 percentage points.
The most Internet is used to access e-mail
In 2018, residents of Latvia used the Internet mainly for sending and receiving e-mails (70 %), Internet banking (66.3 %), as well as for finding information about goods or services (63.3 %). 73.5 % of persons, who have used Internet during the last 3 months, have participated in social networking.
According to data of the 2018 survey, 44.9 % of the population (46 % of females and 43.6 % of males) had purchased something on the Internet at least once during the year. Population in age group 25–34 years (72.5 %) and youth 16–24 years (63.7 %) makes online purchases the most. Interest on online purchases is increasing in age group 45–64 years: 40.8 % of population in age group 45–54 years and 22.2 % – in age group 55–64 years have made online purchases during the last year.
In 2018, amount of purchases mostly was below EUR 50. Such amount was spent by 44.8 % of population, who made online purchases during the last year, while 4.4 % of population spent more than EUR 500. During the last 5 years, cooperation of Internet users with state or public institutions has increased. In 2014, only every fifth Internet user filled in forms online, however, in 2018, 49.6 % already used this possibility.