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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Survey: Rural Romanians surf the Internet but few have running water and modern toilets

Romanians who live in rural areas enjoy internet connections but live in poor conditions, with little to no access to basic household utilities, a recent survey found. Some 60% of Romanians living in rural areas have access to the Internet, similar to the 2007-2008 level in the urban areas. However, only 28% of rural Romanians have toilets inside their homes, according to a recent Romanian Audit Bureau (BRAT) study.

Almost 70% of Romania’s total population aged between 14 and 64 uses the Internet, representing 10.3 million people. Most of them, namely 64%, live in urban areas, while the rest live in rural regions.

Some 7.6 million people aged between 14 and 64 use the Internet on a daily basis, which is half of the population in this age category, according to Arina Ureche, general manager of BRAT.

Almost 70% of rural Romanians use the Internet to check their emails, 77% use it to access social networks, 71% read newspapers/magazines, 59% use it to find different information, 59% watch online videos, 52% buy different products/services, 25% use it for banking services and 37% for dating.

In urban areas, three quarters of Romanians use the Internet for emails, the same amount, for social networks and 67% use it to find different information.

Over 90% of Romanians in rural areas use the computer to connect to the Internet, 18% use a tablet and 59% use their smartphones. In urban areas, 95% of population use the computer, 15% the tablet and 45% their smartphones.

When it comes to access to utilities, 99% of rural Romanians have access to electricity, 62% have Internet connection and 45% have running water supply. On the other hand, only 36% of them have bath or shower inside their homes, 32% have hot water and only 28% have toilets inside the house.

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Survey: Rural Romanians surf the Internet but few have running water and modern toilets

Romanians who live in rural areas enjoy internet connections but live in poor conditions, with little to no access to basic household utilities, a recent survey found. Some 60% of Romanians living in rural areas have access to the Internet, similar to the 2007-2008 level in the urban areas. However, only 28% of rural Romanians have toilets inside their homes, according to a recent Romanian Audit Bureau (BRAT) study.

Almost 70% of Romania’s total population aged between 14 and 64 uses the Internet, representing 10.3 million people. Most of them, namely 64%, live in urban areas, while the rest live in rural regions.

Some 7.6 million people aged between 14 and 64 use the Internet on a daily basis, which is half of the population in this age category, according to Arina Ureche, general manager of BRAT.

Almost 70% of rural Romanians use the Internet to check their emails, 77% use it to access social networks, 71% read newspapers/magazines, 59% use it to find different information, 59% watch online videos, 52% buy different products/services, 25% use it for banking services and 37% for dating.

In urban areas, three quarters of Romanians use the Internet for emails, the same amount, for social networks and 67% use it to find different information.

Over 90% of Romanians in rural areas use the computer to connect to the Internet, 18% use a tablet and 59% use their smartphones. In urban areas, 95% of population use the computer, 15% the tablet and 45% their smartphones.

When it comes to access to utilities, 99% of rural Romanians have access to electricity, 62% have Internet connection and 45% have running water supply. On the other hand, only 36% of them have bath or shower inside their homes, 32% have hot water and only 28% have toilets inside the house.

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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