European Union

Persistent deep poverty

Graph 1: Persistent deep poverty

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The low-income threshold used in the graph is a household income below 50% of the contemporary, national, median household income before deducting housing costs.  All household incomes are after taxes have been deducted and after adjustment ('equivalisation') for household size and composition.

This level of income is referred to as 'the deep poverty line' as that is the term used for it by the EU.

Note that, although there is later data for many countries, the latest data for the United Kingdom is for 2001 and thus that 2001 data has been used in the graph for all the countries.  Also note that there is no data available for Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia or Sweden, nor for EU 25 or 27.

The data source is the Eurostat indicators website.