About the Sector

Development of Information Society

An information society is an open, educated and constantly learning society whose members use the information and communication technologies (hereinafter referred to as "ICT") effectively in all areas of activities. The aim of the information society is to gain competitive advantage through using ICT's in a creative and productive way. Information society development is a dynamic and rapidly changing process in numerous areas of public and state activities.

The development of Lithuanian information society is one of the strategic objectives, approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania. This objective is related with the EU growth strategy "Europe 2020" and the European Commission Communication "Digital Agenda for Europe".

On March 22, 2014 The Lithuanian Information Society Development Programme 2014–2020 “Digital Agenda of Lithuania” was approved by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania in order to balance the development of information society processes. It was developed as the horizontal planning document, which defines the objectives of different institutions implementing various tasks. The implementation of the Programme shall be coordinated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The strategic objective of the Programme is to improve the quality of life for the Lithuanian residents as well as to strengthen the business productivity through the use of the opportunities created by the ICTs and to increase the percentage of internet users in Lithuania to at least 85 percent by the year 2020, while the percentage of the companies using high–speed internet to be reached at least 95 percent by the year 2020.

In 2016, according to the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, 73.3 percent of residents, aged 16-74, were computer users and 74.4 percent were internet users. The main internet users are young people (more than 99 percent of persons, aged 16-24, were internet users). However, there are target population groups which do not use computers or internet or use them rarely (in 2016 only 26.1 percent of elderly people, aged 65–74, were internet users).

According to the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, the most popular activity among individuals of Lithuania is reading and downloading online newspapers (69.3 percent). Lithuanians are also using the internet for communication (68.9 percent), to find information about goods and services (61.7 percent), for internet banking (54.2 percent), for public e-services (44.9 precent).

The number of people who use internet for ordering goods or looking for information about them is growing annually. In 2016, according to the Lithuanian Department of Statistics, 33.4 percent of residents were using internet for ordering goods or services for personal purpose.

Public and administrative services transferring to electronic space have significant impact on the development of electronic contents. 

Last updated: 02-12-2019