Internet users in Germany 2001-2019, by type of usage

In 2019, 86 percent of people living in Germany were accessing the internet. But some also either planned to go online or were offline, though the latter share got smaller every year, as can be seen in this graph. Indeed, it is perhaps even difficult to imagine someone being completely offline or even not having internet access in the first place, but this may also be the case for a variety of reasons, from resident location and technology to personal choices.

Hook, online and sinker

The share of internet users in Germany has only been climbing in recent years, growing to include more and more of the population. An overwhelming majority goes online daily. The share of German internet users who go online at least occasionally was stable in recent years. Reasons for going online vary, from entertainment to anything including practical purposes (sending and receiving emails, booking travel tickets and accommodation, getting appointments for various services), and, of course, there is online shopping. Some people base their work or even their own business online. The German population was generally interested in the internet and online services.

Wide net

Since the begin of the millennium, Germany has made enormous strides in widening the scope of internet access among the population. The same can be said for other EU countries, such as Spain, France and the UK.

Distribution of internet users in Germany from 2001 to 2019, by type of usage

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Release date

February 2020



Survey time period

2001 to 2019

Number of respondents

20,322 (2019)

Age group

14 years and older

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

"Planning to go online" are those users who are not internet users yet, but plan to go online and use the internet in the next 12 months.
Main unit of the survey is the German-speaking resident population aged 14 years and older with a landline telephone connection in the household or a mobile phonoe connection.
Dual frame approach. The selection of the survey participants was carried out in accordance with a standardized random process based on industry standards.

Percentages deviating from 100 percent are most likely due to rounding.

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