IRISH people are among
the biggest users of social media in Europe, new
figures released today show.
The statistics show that 60% of Irish people aged
between 16-74 years used various social networks
This is 4% higher than the EU average and puts
Ireland at number eleven on the league table
The highest rate of participation was in Denmark
where 79% of people used social networking sites in
The Danes were followed in second place by Belgium
(73%) with Sweden and the UK in joint third place at
Participation was lowest in France (42%) followed by
Italy (46%) and Slovenia (49%).
The Eurostat research, released to mark World Social
Media Day, looked at social networking activities
such as the creation of user profiles, posting
messages and other contributions.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are among the most
commonly used social media platforms.
Meanwhile, the figures show that the use of social
media has increased by 18% in the European Union in
the past eight years.
“(The) EU’s social network participation rate has
steadily increased since the beginning of the data
collection (38% in 2011),” the Eurostat report
Top Social Media Users 2018
1. Denmark (79%)
2. Belgium (73%)
3. Sweden and UK (70%)
4. Cyprus & Malta (69%)
5. Finland (67%)
6. Netherlands (66%)
7. Hungary (65%)
8. Luxembourg (64%)
9. Estonia (62%)
10. Latvia & Romania (61%)
11. Ireland (60%)