Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of EU citizens have never surfed the web, says Eurostat.

According to research from the official statistics firm for the European Union, the number of homes in the EU with broadband connections has more than double since 2006, from 30 percent to 68 percent in 2011.

Iceland came top at 94 percent of its homes have access to broadband, compared to the UK in joint fourth with the Netherlands at 83 percent.

Romania had the most consumers that have never been online, with 54 percent of population still yet to surf the web. Bulgaria came second with 46 percent, while Greece was third with 45 percent. The UK was 8th when it comes to counties with the least number of people that have never been online, at 11 percent. Meanwhile Sweden came top with just five percent of its population.

Targets set in the Digital Agenda for Europe hopes the number of EU residents that have never been online will decrease to just 15 percent by 2015.

Of those EU residents that have used the web in the past 12 months, almost half went online to obtain information from public authorities, while 28 percent used it to submit tax and other forms to governments. Furthermore, 58 percent ordered goods or services over the internet. The UK topped the list of countries with consumers that shop online as 82 percent of Brits said they had purchased good or services on the web.

For many people today it seems difficult to live without the Internet," Eurostat told Reuters.

"However, a decreasing, but still non-negligible, part of the EU population has never used it."