Edition 2020

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How much internet usage in the Caribbean Netherlands?

Nearly 85 percent of the residents of the Caribbean Netherlands had access to the internet in 2017/2018. Of the people who used the internet in the three months prior to the study, 93 percent were online (virtually) daily. Internet use is highest among young people and higher educated people. The internet is most commonly used for sending text messages, e-mailing and calling.

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Most internet users online almost every day

In 2017/2018, 85 percent of the residents of the Caribbean Netherlands had an internet connection at home. Of the Caribbean Netherlands population aged 15 years and older, 94 percent had used internet in the three months prior to the study, and of this group 93 percent used it daily or almost every day. Young people and higher educated people use the internet more than older people and lower educated people. The internet is used more frequently in Saba and Bonaire than in St Eustatius. A relatively large number of young people and higher educated people live in Saba because of the presence of a university degree programme (Saba University).

(Almost) daily internet usage, 2017/2018 (%)
Regio (Almost) daily
Caribbean Netherlands 93.0
Bonaire 96.4
St Eustatius 80.7
Saba 95.4

Mainly text messages, calls and social networks

People in the Caribbean Netherlands mainly use the internet for communication and entertainment. Nearly 9 in 10 Caribbean Netherlands residents exchange text messages. Around three-quarters call via the internet or use social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. More than 7 in 10 internet users send and receive email and follow the news online. In Saba there are relatively more people engaged in these internet activities than in the other two islands. Furthermore, a larger share of internet users in Saba make online purchases (61 percent) compared to Bonaire (36 percent) and St Eustatius (53 percent).

Caribbean Netherlands residents between the ages of 15 and 24 more frequently sent text messages and downloaded games, films or music than people aged 25 and over.

Internet activities in the past 3 months, 2017/2018 (%)
Internetactiviteit Bonaire St Eustatius Saba
text messages
92.8 80.4 90.8
Making phone calls 81.6 65.7 74.6
Using social networks
76.1 62.6 77.3
Sending emails 69.3 73.9 86.1
Online banking 52.7 48.4 58.2
Downloading games, films
or music
47.8 46.2 56.5
Online shopping 36.1 52.9 61.2

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