Abstract - The Information Society 24(4)

The Persistence of Information Structures in Nordic Countries

Pekka Räsänen

This paper examines to what extent the Nordic countries, which have been characterised as the world’s leading information societies, show similar patterns of Internet use. The data consists of the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish sections of the European Social Survey 2002 (N=7539) and 2004 (N=7211). The similarities and differences in the Internet use are analysed using socio-demographic and economic information. Temporal changes in the distribution of use between population groups and between countries are also examined. The findings indicate that there are clear disparities in the Internet use patterns, which have not evened out in the early 21st century.


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