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30.1% Lithuania's population at poverty line, the highest in Baltics

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Some 30.1% of Lithuania's residents were at the poverty line last year, which is one of the bigger indicators across Europe, shows the latest information from Eurostat.

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The percentage was up 1.8% perentage points since 2008, informs LETA/BNS.

A higher percentage was only reported in Bulgaria (40.4%), Romania (38.8%) and Greece (35.6%).

In Latvia, the share of the population at the poverty line was 28.5%, as compared with 24.4% in Estonia and the EU average of 23.4%.

Those at risk of poverty after social transfers made up 21.7% of the Estonian population in 2016, compared with 19.5% in 2008.

Residents severely materially deprived made up 4.7% of the population and those living in households with very low work intensity, or households where the adults worked less than 20% of their total work potential during the past year, 5.8%.

The national at-risk-of-poverty threshold in Estonia is an annual disposable income of 5,187 euros for a person living alone and 10,892 euros for a household of two adults with two children under 14 years of age.

In 2016, 117.5 million people, or 23.4% of the population of the European Union were at risk of poverty or social exclusion.

This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers, severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity.

After three consecutive increases between 2009 and 2012 to reach almost 25%, the proportion of persons at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU has since continuously decreased to 23.4% last year, only 0.1%age points above its 2009 low-point.

In 2016, more than a third of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in three member states: Bulgaria, 40.4%, Romania, 38.8%, and Greece, 35.6%.

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest shares of persons being at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in the Czech Republic, 13.3%, Finland, 16.6%, Denmark,16.7%, and the Netherlands, 16.8%.

According to the methods of the research, people whose income is under 60% of the national average are listed as risking poverty.