The Netherlands leads the EU in digital skills | NOW

The Netherlands is one of the European countries with the largest share of inhabitants who are skilled in internet, computer and software use. This is shown on Thursday from research by Statistics Netherlands and Eurostat.

Nearly 80 percent of Dutch people aged 16 to 75 had basic digital skills or even more than that by 2021. The average in the European Union is 54 percent.

Digital skills are determined by the number of activities in five areas: information and digital literacy, online communication, computers and online services, privacy protection and software use.

Together with Finland, the Netherlands has the largest share of inhabitants with at least basic skills, almost 80 percent. With this, the Netherlands has almost reached the European digitization goal: by 2030, 80 percent of the EU population must have at least basic digital skills.

In Bulgaria and Romania few inhabitants have minimal basic skills: 31 and 28 percent respectively. Poland and Italy also score below the EU average on this point.