Estimate of resident population on the 31st December 2002:
Total : 10.407.500
Men : 5.030.200
Women : 5.377.300
Percentage of young people in 2001
Computer ownership by household was 38% in 2003 and the percentage with Internet connections was 22% in 2003.
In 2004 the numbers rose and computer ownership was 41.3%, while the percentage of Internet connections by household rose to 26.2%.
Computer and Internet usage by gender and age in 2004 (the study was carried out among individuals aged between 16 and 74)
Public educational institutes in Portugal (Mainland) in 2002/2003
The total number of public educational institutes (below higher education) in the mainland (the statistics from Madeira and Azores are not available) is 13.361.
Computers in schools (below superior) in 2002/2003
Portuguese public educational establishments had, in 2002/2003, a total of 53.520 computers.
Portuguese private educational establishments had a number of 17.107 computers in 2002/2003.
Computers with Internet connection in schools (below superior) in 2002/2003
In Portuguese public schools, from a total of 53.520 computers in schools, 43.905 are connected to the Internet - a high percentage.
In Portuguese private schools the number of computers connected to the Internet available for students is 11.932, from a total of 17.107 computers.
Computer and Internet use by School level in 2004
This study shows clearly that the use of computers and the Internet is higher among people in higher education (although the numbers are relatively high in the secondary school level). The most problematic school level is until the 9th grade, where Internet usage was only in 2004 of 14,5%.
Number of students per computer
From a study carried out by Jacinta Paiva 'Information and Communication Technologies: students' usage' for the DAPP (Department of Prospective Evaluation and Planning) and the Ministry of Education, we have the following data concerning 2001/2002 and 2002/2003 :
Data available at : http://www.dapp.min-edu.pt/nonio/pdf/estudo_alunos-v3.pdf
These are the data available from the Ministry of Education concerning 2001/2002 and 202/2003. From these results we can observe that the number of students per computer has decreased, which means the number of computers in schools has increased. In 2000/2001 the ratio in the 1st Cycle was of 56 students per computer and in 2001/2002 of 33 students per computer. In 2000/2001, the ratio in the 2nd and 3rd Cycles and Secondary Schools was around 23 students per computer and in 2001/2002 it was of 19. In 2002/2003 this number decreased to 27 students per computer in the 1st Cycle and to 16 students per computer in the 2nd and 3rd Cycles and Secondary Schools.
We don't have official data about the number of students per computer in 2003/2004, but the number has probably decreased as in the years before, due to the policies of the Ministry of Education and the programs of Internet education in schools at a national level.
By the end of 2004 the total number of mobile phone subscribers was of 9,96 millions. In 2003 the number of subscribers was of 9,350 millions which represents a growth of 6.53% in 2004.
Mobile Penetration Rate
The mobile service penetration rate on the market rose to 92%, above the European Union rate which was of 84,4%.
According to a release published by Eurostat, 'Telecommunications in the European Union', Portugal is one of the six countries in Europe with the highest number of mobile phone users. 9 out of 10 Portuguese use the mobile phone, which represents more than double the number using the fixed telephone (4 out of 10).
According to a study* from Marktest, over 1,7 million Portuguese have a games console at home.
This number is especially high in young people between 15 and 17 years old. According to the same study, over half (50.5%) of the young people in this age group live in homes where there is a games console.
The figures are also high for some specific groups such as : People from the Lisbon region (where this equipment exists in 26.8% of homes), people belonging to the middle-upper class (30.3%), students (42.0%), or people living in homes with children and youngsters between 7 and 13 years old (29.0%).
Regarding PCs one can ascertain enormous growth, mainly in laptops, principally in the university environment (a governmental program helped to make this kind of equipment common) and PCs continue to be a very important platform for games.