A European leader in tech adoption

Businesses in Malta with the largest rate of high digital technology utilisation in the EU.

Eurostat studies on the progress of digitalisation across the European Union show, in several instances, that Malta is at the forefront in this regard.

According to the Digitalisation in Europe – 2024 edition, while less than 56% of European citizens do not have a basic level or more of digital skills, in Malta the proportion is more than 63%. In neighbouring Italy the ratio is less than 46%, whereas in Germany it reaches 52% and in France less than 60%. In fact, only five countries in the euro area have a higher proportion of people with better digital skills than Malta.

This is also clearly apparent from the indicators on the digital intensity of businesses. Malta has the largest proportion of firms with a very high digital intensity. No less than 11.4% of Maltese businesses use high level digital technologies, such as AI, big data, and cloud computing. Across the European Union this proportion is just 5%, or less than half that of Malta.

While almost four in ten firms in the EU have reported very low use of digital technologies, in Malta this proportion is half that. In contrast, in countries such as Romania and Bulgaria, seven out of ten firms in this situation – three times worse than in Malta.

While across the Union 8% of companies use artificial intelligence, in Malta the proportion is over 13%, or one and a half times the average. Maltese businesses are also the ones which are using social media the most in the EU, at a rate of 87%, against less than 48% in Italy or 61% in Germany.  

Among young people, Malta has the second highest use of e-government services, with a rate almost double the European average. Malta also has the largest proportion of households with smart appliances such as smart TVs, game consoles, or smart speakers, with 89% against an average of 64% across the EU.

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