The survey on use of information and communications technology is an inquiry used to describe the IT equipment and Internet connections of households and the population's use of information and communication technology (ICT). The survey examines how people use computers and other equipment, the use purposes and frequency of Internet use.The survey is mandatory in all EU Member States and it is also carried out in certain other European countries. The European Commission also finances part of the survey. The data are collected with telephone interviews annually. In Finland, the study on ICT use has been carried out annually since 2003 and before that every few years.
A random sample of 4,750 persons is annually selected for the survey. The target area is the whole country and the respondents of the survey represent the population aged 16 to 89-year-old in Finland according to age, gender, province of domicile and native language.Participation in the survey on Use of information and communications technology is voluntary. It is, however, important to include the answers from as many households as possible selected to the sample to represent all Finnish households in order for the survey to be successful.
The answers of an individual person cannot be identified in the statistics to be published. The Statistics Act (280/2004) obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential.
In 2013, the upper age limit of the sample was raised from 74 to 89 years. Some of the survey questions are changed annually.
Last updated 6.12.2013