Silver surfing and tablet use boom in Sweden

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Silver surfing and tablet use boom in Sweden
More pensioners are online in Sweden than ever before. Photo: TT

Internet use is on the rise in Sweden thanks to more people staying online when they retire and more than half of all households having access to at least one tablet computer.


More people in Sweden are using the internet than ever before, with around 91 percent of the population having access to the web, according to a new report by Sweden's Internet Infrastructure Foundation, which is responsible for registering .se domain names in Sweden as well as analyzing internet usage.
Researchers believe that a rise is largely down to people staying online when they retire.
"More and more people who have used the internet at work, then continue to use it when they take their pension. Up to the age of 75, around half of pensioners use it daily," says Pamela Davidsson, one of the top statisticians at the foundation.
"But even if it feels like everyone is online today, there is a way to go. Around one million people do not use the internet at home," she adds.
The foundation reports that more than 65 percent of pensioners over the age of 75 do not use the internet.
It also reveals that tablet use has exploded in Sweden with 53 percent of people now having access to a tablet, compared with just five percent in 2011.
Social media use remains on the rise in Sweden. Last month Sweden's Internet Infrastructure Foundation reported that Instagram had doubled its users in the country over the past year. Almost a third of Swedes (28 percent) now have an Instagram account.


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