Eurostat: Bulgarians and Romanians are the poorest in the EU

Market in Sofia, Bulgaria
Market in Sofia, Bulgaria / Photo: EPA / HRISTO KASABOV

According to the latest Eurostat data, in four European Union member states, Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Spain, more than a quarter of the population is at risk of poverty.

In Romania, 35,8 percent of the population is at risk of poverty, followed by Bulgaria - 33,6 percent, Greece - 27 percent and Spain - 5 percent.

One in five people in the EU is exposed to poverty. In 2020, 96,5 million people in the EU were at risk of poverty, representing 21,9 percent of the population.

According to Eurostat, in 2020, 75,3 million people in the EU were at risk of poverty, 27,6 million people were in difficult financial and social conditions, and 27,1 million people lived in low-intensity households.

Among the 96,5 million people in the EU at risk of poverty, around 5,9 million people (1,3 per cent of the total population) lived in households with three conditions of poverty at the same time (risk of poverty, severe material and social status and household with very low work intensity).

The lowest percentage of people exposed to poverty are registered in the Czech Republic - 11,5, followed by Slovakia - 13,8 percent, Slovenia - 14,3 percent, the Netherlands - 15,8 percent and Finland 15,9 percent.

Source: MIA