International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 

On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty,
which takes place each year on 17 October,
Eurostat publishes some interesting facts & figures as well as some data visualisations
on people at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the European Union.


...that in the EU, the share of the population at risk of poverty is highest in rural areas (20.3% of the population), compared with 16.4% of the population in cities and 15.8% in towns and suburbs?

...that the share of employees with a permanent job who are at risk of poverty ranged from 8.0% in Germany to 1.9% in Finland, compared with 5.9% in the EU

...that 10.2% of the EU population was not able to keep their home adequately warm?

. ...that the share of persons who cannot afford a personal car ranges from 1.7% of the population in Cyprus to 37.1% in Romania, compared with 8.4% in the EU?

......that 36.5% of the population in the EU cannot afford to pay for one week annual holiday away from home, with the highest share found in Romania (69.2% of the total population) and the lowest in Sweden (7.6%)?

Source: Eurostat, EU-Statistics on income, social inclusion and living conditions (EU-SILC). Date of extraction: 15.10.2015). All data refer to 2014 data available for the Member States on the day of extraction. 


Further information can also be found in the Eurostat news release on people at risk of poverty or social exclusion.


    You might also be interested in the following Statistics Explained articles:


The data visualisation below shows by default data on at risk of poverty or social exclusion for the EU28 for the total population as well as for selected breakdowns, i.e. by sex, age, household composition and education level. The bar chart at the bottom also shows by default the comparison between Member States for total population at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

By clicking on the flag of a country on top, you can display the data for this specific country. By selecting one of the breakdowns in the boxes below, a comparison between Member States will be shown in the bar chart at the bottom.

Source: Eurostat, EU-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC).
Data for the EU have been estimated; Italy
and the Netherlands: provisional data; Bulgaria: break in series on material deprivation; Denmark: break in series in income variables.

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