Category Archives: Statistics
Denmark has seen a whopping 100% increase in Twitter users in the last year. A yearly update by Overskrift.dk shows that Denmark now has approximately 55.000 Twitter users, up from 28.000 users a year ago.
Despite the growth, Twitter activity is still very unevenly distributed among Danes. The 625 most active users, or 1,2 %, create half the tweets in the Danish Twittersphere. In total, the Danes produce 22.000 tweets every day, or more than half a million tweets each month.
Denmark’s undisputed Twitter queen is tennis professional Caroline Wozniacki, who can boast of having almost 247.000 followers. NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a very distant second with just over 27.000 followers.
(A big thanks to Ernst Poulsen for tweeting me the Overskrift.dk update!)
Four out of ten Norwegian children under the age of three use tablets or smartphones, a new report from the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education reveals.
If you count children aged six or less, a whopping 60 % have used touch-control screens. More than half the children have their touch-screen debut before they are four years old. 14 % of the first-time users are actually just one year old.
- Having evidence that children this young are experienced digital users provides exciting new possibilities for kindergartens and new teaching methods, project manager Barbro Hardersen said to Norwegian news agency NTB.
Norwegian authorities are quite positive to introducing children to technology at an early age. In the current framework for the kindergarten sector, the Norwegian Department for Education states that “children should experience digital tools as a source for play, communication and learning”.
This places new demands on early-education teachers’ digital competences, a challenge the authorities are well aware of:
- If kindergarten employees are able to use digital tools in their everyday work, they can be included in different teaching activities, such as digital stories or films, using GPS, or using applications for themes discussed in the kindergarten. If the child enjoys climbing trees, send a camera up the tree with them so you can watch and talk about their experience from the treetop later on, Hardersen said.
ComScore released new Internet usage data for Europe today.
The September data only confirm that people in Northern Europe are incredibly connected. We are online most of the time – although we are smashed by the UK, where users spend as much as 35,6 hours online each month.
But the stats also offer up a comparison: How much time do we actually spend online in Scandinavia?
Since four out of the five Northern Europe countries are included in the data (I guess there just aren’t enough Icelanders?), we can paint this picture of how much time people in the Nordics spend online:
1. Norway: 27.8 online hours per user/month
2. Finland: 24.9 online hours per user/month
2. Sweden: 24.9 online hours per user/month
4. Denmark: 22.2 online hours per user/month
I haven’t gotten around to thinking about reasons for these differences – if anyone has any insight as to why Norwegians are online 5,6 hours more than Danes each month, for instance, I would appreciate it!