Portugal fifth most developed online market in European Union

29 June 2006

Lisbon, Portugal, 29 June – Portugal is the fifth country in the European Union to have developed most “sophistication in online services,” over the last two years, according to a report due to be officially published in Brussels Thursday.

According to the report, the sophistication of public services in terms of interactivity and transactions offered online, reached 75 percent in April 2006 in the European Union’s calculations.

Portugal was above the community average, emerging in 11th position, with a level of sophistication of around 80 percent (in April 2004 it stood at around 70 percent).

The study, which examined 14,000 Internet sites in the 25 member countries plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, also showed that around 50 percent of public services looked into are totally available on the Internet.

In this respect Portugal also performed above the European Union average, in 10th place amongst the 25 countries.

According to the report, around 60 percent of public services in Portugal are entirely available online. (macauhub)