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At-risk-of-poverty rate and threshold
In 2013, 16.6 % of the EU-28 population was assessed to be at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (see Figure 1). This share, calculated as a weighted average of national results, conceals considerable variations across the EU Member States. In five Member States, namely Greece (23.1 %), Romania (22.4 %), Bulgaria (21.0 %), Lithuania (20.6 %) and Spain (20.4 %), one fifth or more of the population was viewed as being at-risk-of-poverty; this was also the case in Serbia (24.5 %) and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (24.2 %). The lowest proportions of persons at-risk-of-poverty were observed in the Netherlands (10.4 %) and the Czech Republic (8.6 %). Norway (10.9 %) and Iceland (9.3 %) also reported relatively low shares of their respective populations as being at-risk-of-poverty.More ...