Latvia in the EU average for online education / Article


In 2021, of all EU Member States, Ireland had the highest share (46%) of people aged 16-74 taking an online course or using e-learning material. Finland and Sweden both recorded a share of 45%, followed by the Netherlands with 44%.

Latvia was at the EU average level of 27%, alongside France, although the figure was up considerably from 21% the previous year and nearly doubled from 14% in 2017 The other Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania, recorded figures of 42% and 29% respectively for 2021.

Online learning in the EU, 2021

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At the bottom of the grade, taking online courses or using e-learning materials was not very common in Romania (10%), Bulgaria (12%) and Croatia (18%).

Compared to 2019 before the pandemic, the share of people following online courses or using e-learning material increased in all Member States, except Romania where it decreased (-4 pp) to reach 10%. The Netherlands (+21 pp), followed by Luxembourg and Slovenia (+19 pp) and Greece (+18 pp) are among the biggest increases.

In the EU, young people aged 16 to 24 have opted for online learning more than the average adult population. In 2021, 39% of young people said they took an online course and 49% used online learning materials, compared to 23% and 27% among adults aged 25 to 34, and 20% and 23% among adults aged 35 to 44 years old. continue their downward trend as age increases, reaching the lowest point among seniors (65-74), where 3% took an online course and 4% used learning materials in line.

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