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Date Last Updated: 26-11-2020

Survey Name:

Information Society Statistics - Households

Survey purpose:

The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Household Survey is carried out on an annual basis and collects data on households’ access to, and individuals’ use of the internet. The survey covers a range of topics related to internet penetration and the use of ICT by households and individuals, providing information on households’ and individuals’ use of the internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs).

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Not applicable The annual Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Household Survey 2020 contributes to the EU requirement under Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 concerning Community Statistics on the Information Society (OJ L143, 30.04.2004, p. 49).



Statistical Population:

Households with at least one resident aged 16 years and over

Sampling Frame:

Census of Population

Reference Area:

Social Analysis and Modules

Time Coverage:

The survey asks respondents about their ICT activities over the previous three months, and in the case of the use of e-Government services, 12 months. The publication relates to the calendar year 2020.

Base Period:

Not applicable

Sector Coverage:

Household survey of households and individuals within the household

Survey Size:

In 2020, the ICT Household Survey was carried out using the LFS survey instrument in Q1 and Q2. The headline indicator questions on household internet connectivity and frequency of individual usage of the internet were asked of all waves of the LFS in Quarters 1 and 2 (25,211 achieved sample), and all other questions on on detailed ICT usage were asked of wave 5 only (1,155 achieved sample).

Principal Variables:

The 2020 survey on ICT contains seven modules and gathers information on; A. Access to ICT B. Use of the internet C. Use of e-Government D. Use of e-Commerce E. Privacy and protection of personal data F. Trust, security and privacy, and smartphone security Z. Internet of Things (IoT) The Eurostat Model Questionnaire has a core set of questions, which are asked on an annual basis. Additional modules on ICT are repeated annually, biennially or triennially. In addition, special modules or topics on new emerging concepts or technologies are also included each year. In 2020, additional questions relating to the Internet Security, Smartphone Security and Smart Technology were included. Additional questions of national interest are also included in the national questionnaire. The ICT Household Survey was based on the implementing Regulation (EU) No 808/2004 and the Model Questionnaire provided by Eurostat.

Principal External Users:

Eurostat/European Union, Government Departments, researchers and academia, Professional Bodies, University students, general public

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Social & Demographic Statistics

Contact Person:

Maureen Delamere

Contact Person Function:


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Contact email:


Contact phone number:

(+353) 21 453 5000