The number of Germans accessing the web jumped by six million to 31m in 2001, increasing the nation's internet penetration from 38.9% of all adults in 2000 to 48%, according to Internet User Monitor research from NFO Infratest.

Penetration was highest among 14 to 17-year-olds, nearly 80% of whom accessed the web last year, up from around 60% the previous year. Next came the 18–24 range, some 75% of which surfed the net last year.

In addition, internet penetration surged among women (up 29% on the previous year), and also in older age groups, with a 32% jump in the 45–54 range and a 42% leap among over-55s.

There was less fluctuation in the education and income backgrounds of web users: well-educated and wealthy Germans retained a dominance over the online population out of proportion with their offline numbers.

Data sourced from: Daily Research News Online; additional content by WARC staff