The large scale study D21-Digital-Index provides an annual comprehensive overview of the level of digitalisation in German society. Approximately 33 000 federal citizens over 14 years of age, including those who are offline, are surveyed. Thus the D21-Digital-Index is representative of the entire German population.

This year the focus was on digital competence, including a look at Germans‘ employability. Additional topics that we have continuously surveyed include working digitally (incl. opportunities and hurdles of the home office, assessing whether further education and training on digital topics is actually taking place), device usage, access to the internet, diversity of usage and people’s attitudes towards digital topics. As always the study includes breakdowns by age and gender, among other goups.

Key Findings at a Glance

  • Germany’s population continues to have an intermediate level of digitalisation; it is barely keeping up with the digital age.
  • Digital competences are generally underdeveloped, and have decreased in some instances.
  • The minimal upward trend for internet usage of recent years continues, with noteworthy gains in the 50-plus age demographic. Meanwhile the younger generations are almost universally online.
  • The internet is increasingly being used on the go, particularly smart phones are becoming more widespread and have been the most frequently used devices this year.
  • Employees still need to overcome technical difficulties and gaps in their knowledge by trial and error, asking others and using payment free online services.

Partners for this year’s study:

Portraits des Parteivorstands der SPD am 04.12.2011 in Berlin

„The D21-Digital-Index is a meaningful indicator of society's digitalisation and a treasured help in our daily work at BMWi“

Sigmar Gabriel, then Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy

Project Description

Project Timeframe
2013 – today

Lena-Sophie Müller, Initiative D21 e.V.
+49 30 5268722 50

Press and Public Relations
Roland Dathe, Initiative D21 e.V.
+49 30 5268722 55

Supporter & Patron
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, due to a decision of the Bundestag

Premium Partner
Cornelsen Verlag GmbH,
Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH,
Landesanstalt für Medien Nordrhein-Westfalen (LfM),
Microsoft Deutschland

Bayerisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen, für Landesentwicklung und Heimat,
Deutsche Telekom AG,
Ericsson GmbH

Bertelsmann Stiftung,
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend,
Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) e. V.,
Capgemini Deutschland,
Fiducia & GAD IT AG,
Händlerbund e. V.,
Kompetenzzentrum Technik-Diversity-Chancengleichheit e. V.,
Ricoh Deutschland GmbH