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As of today almost 17 million adult Ukrainians are active Internet users. Ukraine is among top ten countries in Europe for Internet use and is in 9th place according to Internet growth. For the past three years the number of Internet users above the age of 50 has doubled in both urban and rural areas.

Up to 12 percent of the population now chooses to have Internet access at home instead of television. 90% of Internet users in Ukraine (almost every third citizen) regularly visit social networks; building the potential foundationfor the development of an Internet revolution in the nearest future. Internet business is also flourishing: in 2011 Internet stores sold products for Hr 20 billion ($2.5 billion).

As a growing population, the influence of the Internet community on Ukrainian politics should not been ignored. It has already become one of the principal platforms for politicians and political parties to hunt for supporters, by publishing their ideas, concepts and other messages. It is worth noting that many leading Ukrainian politicians already have profiles on Facebook and / or Twitter. Currently around 10% of deputies have publicly accessible Facebook pages.

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