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PETROZAVODSK, September 29 (Itar-Tass) —— Moscow is Russia’s invariable leader by the share of Internet users, and second place is taken by Karelia, as follows from the rating of regions, based on 2010 data presented by the Federal State Statistics Service.
"The leader of the ranking is traditionally the same, Moscow, where more than 72 percent of the population regularly or occasionally use the Internet,” the authors of the survey said. “Karelia is second with 59.2 percent. This northern territory has managed to overtake even St. Petersburg, which is number three with 58.8 percent. "
On the average, the proportion of Internet users in Russia is just over 37 percent.
According to Russian experts, Karelia owes its second place in the all-Russian ranking to “an active policy to introduce information technologies." Back in 2008 Karelia was chosen as the venue of a meeting of the State Council, which considered the implementation of the strategy of information society development in Russia. The Petrozavodsk State University is a leader in the field of IT-technologies and its students have been repeated winners of world championships in programming.
Statistics confirm that the people of Karelia, aware of the practical benefits of the Internet, increasingly use it in everyday life. Another important factor for the extensive development of the Internet in Karelia is its proximity to the Scandinavian countries, which are world leaders in terms of Internet penetration. The share of users in Finland, Norway and Sweden is over 80 percent.