Usage of paid online services in Germany 2016-2020

Number of internet users who used paid online services in Germany from 2016 to 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2016 to 2020

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking internet users

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Information on the basic population:
This survey is based on the German population aged 14 years and older, in private households at the place of main residence.

Information on the basic sample:
2015: 25,140 respondents, projected base of 69.24 million persons
2016: 23,854 respondents, projected base of 69.56 million persons
2017: 23,356 respondents, projected base of 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,389 respondents, project base of 70.45 million persons
2019: 23,318 respondents, projected base of 70.60 million persons
2020: 23,191 respondents, projected base of 70.63 million persons
For additional information on the methodology see here

The source phrased the survey question as follows: "There are numerous services and products offered on the internet which one can use or order and which then have to be paid for, for example buying books or clothing or booking rental cars etc. Have you ever ordered anything on the internet that you had to pay for?" (Direct translation from German: „Im Internet gibt es ganz verschiedene Dienstleistungen, Waren- und Serviceangebote, die man in Anspruch nehmen oder bestellen kann und die man dann bezahlen muss, z. B. Bücher oder Kleidung kaufen, einen Mietwagen oder eine Reise buchen usw. Haben Sie über das Internet schon einmal etwas bestellt oder in Anspruch genommen, das etwas gekostet hat?")

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