More and more Dutch people visit government websites, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) on Monday.

Last year, 86 percent of the Dutch population aged 16 to 75 used it at least once.

In 2019 this was still 81 percent.

Government websites include websites of government agencies, such as websites for filing tax returns, applying for benefits and subsidies, reporting changes of address or making an appointment for, for example, a passport or driver's license.

Most Dutch people use government sites to look up information.

Last year, 81 percent said they would use the digital government for this.

Slightly less, 73 percent, visited government sites to fill in and send documents.

59 percent did so to print or download it.

Whether the increased use of government websites is related to the corona pandemic and the measures taken, according to Statistics Netherlands, cannot be said with these figures.

The largest increase has been the sending of documents.

This increased from 58 percent in 2019 to 73 percent last year.

The Netherlands ranks third in the EU

The Netherlands is one of the leading EU countries with the largest share of residents using the digital government.

Last year, the Netherlands, together with Sweden, was in third place of countries in the European Union where citizens can be found most on government websites.

Only Denmark and Finland scored higher at 91 and 88 percent.

The use of digital government was lowest in Southern and Eastern Europe.