Dutch keep land line

27th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

27 November 2007, LUXEMBURG – The Dutch rarely get rid of their fixed telephone line even though almost everyone has a mobile telephone. This makes the Netherlands an exception in the EU, according to figures for 2005 presented by the European statistics bureau Eurostat on Tuesday.

27 November 2007

LUXEMBURG – The Dutch rarely get rid of their fixed telephone line even though almost everyone has a mobile telephone. This makes the Netherlands an exception in the EU, according to figures for 2005 presented by the European statistics bureau Eurostat on Tuesday.

4 percent of Dutch households with a mobile telephone had given up their fixed line. That percentage is lower only in Malta and Sweden. The EU average is 18 percent. In Finland and Lithuania almost half of mobile phone users have no fixed telephone line at home.

The figures show that 97 in 100 Dutch residents have a mobile phone subscription. That is about average in the EU. Ten years ago a mobile phone was still a rarity: just seven in 100 Dutch had a mobile phone in 1996.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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