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Two out of five Greeks on verge of poverty, Eurostat says

Δημοσίευση 14 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 10:30 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Two out of five Greeks on verge  of poverty, Eurostat says
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Two out of five Greeks are living on the verge of poverty, having already received social benefits from the state, while one out of 10 lacks resources to pay his way, according to data by Eurostat for 2008 publicised here on Monday.

Two out of five Greeks are living on the verge of poverty, having already received social benefits from the state, while one out of 10 lacks resources to pay his way, according to data by Eurostat for 2008 publicised here on Monday.

According to Eurostat, the people on the verge of poverty are those living in households with an income below 60 percent of the average national income. In the European Union of the "27", 16.5 percent of citizens (81 million people) lived on the verge of poverty (having received social benefits).

Greece is the fourth country in the EU with the highest percentage of people living on the verge of poverty. Latvia is first (25.6 percent), followed by Romania (23.4 percent), Bulgaria (21.4 percent) and Greece (20.1 percent or 2.2 million citizens).

The lowest percentages are recorded in the Czech Republic (9 percent), Holland and Slovakia (11 percent).

Moreover, 11.2 percent of Greece's population (1.2 million citizens), face serious difficulties in paying the rent for their home, heating, receiving a meal with meat or fish three times a week and meeting unexpected expenses etc.