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The UK has a higher broadband adoption rate than the European Union average, it has been reported.

Official figures published by Eurostat reveal that 72 per cent of EU households have a broadband connection, up from 57 per cent in 2009 and 30 per cent in 2006.

By comparison, 80 per cent of UK households now have a broadband connection.

This figure is up from 69 per cent three years ago and 44 per cent in 2006.

Within the EU, Sweden has the highest broadband adoption rate at 87 per cent, ahead of Denmark and Finland (both 85 per cent).

The Netherlands (83 per cent) and Germany (82 per cent) also have higher adoption rates than the UK.

Romania (50 per cent), Bulgaria (51 per cent) and Greece (51 per cent) were found to have the lowest levels of broadband subscriber coverage in the Eurostat study.

Outside the 27 EU member states, Iceland was found to have the highest level, with 91 per cent of homes possessing a connection.

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