According Eurostat research, nine out of ten people in the EU use the internet, and reading online news is one of the most popular uses.
Data for 2021 shows that 72% of EU internet users aged 16-74 read online news sites. Among EU Member States, the highest percentages of internet users reading news online were registered in Finland (93%), Lithuania and Czechia (both 92%), and Croatia and Greece (both 90%). The lowest usage was reported in Romania (59%), Germany (62%), France (63%), and Italy (64%), according to the research.
Hungary was among the higher online news readers with 87 percent.
Compared with 2016, internet usage for reading online news increased more among women than men in 2021, but in general, men were more likely to use the internet for reading news than women (74% vs 71%). When considering age, reading ‘online news sites/newspapers/news magazines’ was the most popular in the age range of 25-54 years (75%).
The percentage of internet users increased the most in rural areas (65% in 2016 to 69% in 2021), followed by those living in cities (74% to 76%). People with high formal education (85%) were generally more likely to use the internet for ‘reading online news sites/newspapers/news magazines’ than those who had not achieved such a level of education (57%).