Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dutch found to be most computer literate

Dutch found to be most computer literate in world - Technology - International Herald Tribune: "Residents of the Netherlands, armed with a tax break for computer purchases and some of Europe's lowest broadband fees, lead the world in the use of personal computers and the Internet, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts released Tuesday.

In a survey of habits in 17 nations, 82 percent of Dutch residents said they used a computer at least occasionally at home or at work, and 72 percent used the Internet. In Canada, the numbers were 79 percent and 71 percent, respectively, while they were 76 percent and 70 percent in the United States.

Sweden, one of Europe's most computer literate countries, was not included because the original sample was chosen for a broader study.

According to Forrester, 77 percent of Swedes use the Internet at least once a month and 79 percent have computers. The Swedish government has let employees there buy home computers since 1998 with pre-tax earnings."

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