In the midst of a pandemic, the figures released by Eurostat on the digital skills of people living with children up to the age of 16 in Europe are particularly interesting. In 2019, 64% of Europeans between the ages of 16 and 74 guaranteed that they had at least basic digital skills. Of the 27 Member States, Portugal is in the middle of the table and with a slightly higher average than the European Union. Finland is the country that stands out most positively.
According to the data, around 70% of respondents in Portugal guaranteed that they had basic digital skills or above basic. Our country is thus "glued" to France and Spain, with the neighboring country presenting a slightly lower percentage.
In 2018, Portugal already had just over half of the Portuguese population with basic knowledge of digital literacy. At the time, Education Minister Tiago Brando Rodrigues guaranteed that he wanted to reach 80% in the next 12 years.
If we look at the figures for Europe over the past few years, there is a growing trend in the number of people who say they have basic digital skills. In 2017 the figure was 63%, which is an increase of 1%, while in 2015 the increase was 3%.
In addition to Finland, the top 3 is led by the Netherlands and Sweden. At the opposite end, of the Europeans with less competence, are Bulgaria, Romania and Italy. Still, it should be noted that in countries like the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland and Iceland the numbers are very positive.