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400,000 older Danish people have never used the Internet

Wednesday, 29 June 2011
44 percent of 65-89 year olds in Denmark have never used the internet. Figures from Statistics Denmark back this phenomenon. In consequence according the compensation of the Danish people at that age these are at least 400,000 Danes aged 65-89 years who have never used the Internet.

“Once we have examined why many in this age group never uses the Web, the answer is that they do not need it and that it does not worry them that they do not use Internet,” says senior consultant of DaneAge, Claus Blendstrup to Danish radio.

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“Concern about digital communications made him worry, on behalf of the elderly who do not use the web. And the concern is that the state and municipalities come up with more and more announcements that digital communications will be mandatory. If that happens, a large group of people would be barred from being able to communicate with the municipality,” he said.

He also says that many services now cost a lot of money, if not performed digitally. To receive pension statements and pay giro at the "old fashioned" way can be quite expensive for pensioners without access to the Internet.

On the question of how more in the age group can get started using the Internet, the senior consultant is a little hesitant. “It's a good question, because our studies have so far not provided the answer on what it takes. But we hear from several of our members that they are afraid to engage in trying to work with computers and the Internet,” says Claus Blendstrup.
By Scancomark.se Team


Key Danish Facts
Official Name Kingdom of Denmark
King Margrethe II
Prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen
Population 5.5 Million
Capital City Copenhagen
Monetary Unit Danish Krona (DK)
  1dk = 100 ore
Domain Name .dk
Int. Dialling Code +45
Official Language Danish
Religion Christianity
Main stock market Name NASDQ OMX OMX  Copenhagen 20
Internet Speed 4.7 Mbps (2009)
Vital Links
Statistics Denmark
OECD data on Denmark
Denmark and UNICEF
International Energy Agency Denmark
Gateway to Denmark
Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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