"The total number of Europeans online grew from 17.7 million in 1997 to

more than 35 million in 1998, a growth rate of 99 percent, according to a

new report issued by market research company Dataquest, part of Gartner

Group."

...

"Many of the Nordic countries have hit the 20 percent threshold already and

in other European countries, including the U.K., Germany, the Netherlands,

Austria and Switzerland, Net penetration is nearing that level, said

Dataquest. Germany had the highest number of Internet users in Europe,

going from more than 5 million in 1997 to more than 8 million in 1998."

For Austria, I can really agree on this by personal experience around here..

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