You have a good point. I actually live in Sweden one of the top tier countries but I was born and lived most of my life in Romania so I kind of know how the situation looks like. The problem with those statistics is that everything is showed in percent. 90% of Sweden's population is still less than 50% of Romania's population if you think of the number of individuals. Then again Sweden is indeed a more developed and richer country as are most of the west European countries. As the previous comment says people living in the rural parts of east and southern European countries have other, bigger problems to deal with in the everyday life that using the Internet. Most of those people can't afford the luxury of an Internet connection or a computer for that matter and there aren't Internet Cafes in all those remote Transylvanian villages for them to go to. Some of those remote mountain villages don't even have (or maybe they have now but didn't for a couple years ago) electricity or a telephone line, so for them the web is a thing of science fiction.