The risk of poverty in Greece is above the EU average

According to data from Eurostat for 2020, released on Monday, the percentage of Greeks at risk of poverty or social exclusion (27.5%) is well above the European Union average (21.9%).

In particular, Greece ranks third in the EU in terms of the percentage of the population at risk of poverty, after Romania (35.8%) and Bulgaria (33.6%). This is followed by Spain (27%), Lithuania (24.5%), Estonia (22.8%) and Germany (22.5%). The lowest rates were recorded in the Czech Republic (11.5%), Slovakia (13.8%), Slovenia (14.3%), the Netherlands (15.8%) and Finland (15.9%).

It is noteworthy that in Greece 31.5% of the population under the age of 18 is close to the poverty or social exclusion line, compared with 24.2% in the EU. In addition, 19.3% of people over the age of 65 in Greece are at risk of poverty, compared with 20.4% in the EU.

Moreover, 29.7% of Greek households with children (versus 22.3% in the EU) and 25.7% of households without children (versus 21.6%) are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

Last Sunday, 17 October, was International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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