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The proportion of EU internet users with broadband connections has grown by 12 per cent over the last year, it has been revealed.

Statistics from Eurostat show that 42 per cent of EU households now access the internet via a broadband connection compared with just 30 per cent in 2006.

Growth was helped in part by a 13 per cent increase in UK households opting for broadband, which now account for 57 per cent of UK internet connections.

An increase was also noted in the number of EU households with internet connections over the period from 49 per cent last year to 54 per cent.

The county with the highest level of internet access was revealed to be Holland at 83 per cent, which also heads the table for broadband connections, followed by Sweden at 79 per cent.

Meanwhile, Greece has the lowest proportion of broadband users at just seven per cent - illustrating the widespread disparity between internet access across the EU.

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