Continental Portugal currently has 4.7 million Internet users. The figures are presented in yet another Bareme Internet study, by Marktest, and show that the number of Internet users has grown more than ten times in the last 14 years.
While in 1997 5.6 percent of the Portuguese accessed the large network, today 57.1 percent are those who do (4.749 million), a growth of more than 920 percent.
In this period, the rate of growth of the Internet penetration rate in the country stood at 20.8 percent per year.
Of course, as the number of Internet users increases, so does their annual growth rate, with 5.9 percent growth from 2009 to 2010, the study reveals.
An analysis by targets reveals that age is the most discriminating variable, since the values of Internet access vary between 99.2 percent among young people aged 15 to 17 and 7.7 percent among elderly people over 64 years old.
Regarding occupation, while 99.7 percent of students do not dispense with the large network, only 14.1 percent of domestic students surrender to the charms of the Web.
The class variable also shows a remarkable dispersion, with the values gradually decreasing from 96.6 percent in the upper class, to 18.2 percent in the lower class.
Although less pronounced, the difference between the two sexes is also noticeable, when 64.9 percent of men access the Internet, compared to 50 percent of women.
It should be noted that in a recent analysis by number of households, Marktest revealed a penetration rate of close to 63 percent, pointing to the existence of 2.2 million homes with Internet access.