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Published: 11 september 2012 13:10

One in five Lithuanians live below poverty risk line

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BFL nuotr. / Poverty

Some 660,000 people in Lithuania, or 20 percent of the population, were below the poverty risk line last year, down by 0.2 percentage points compared with 2010, according to a survey of incomes and living conditions conducted by the country's statistics office.

The poverty risk threshold last year was income of 691 litas (EUR 200.3) a month for a single person and 1,452 litas for a family of two adults and two children under 14 years, Statistics Lithuania said.

The proportion of the urban population with disposable income below this level declined by 1.5 points in 2011 from 2010 to 14.7 percent, while the proportion of the rural population increased by 2.3 points to 30.7 percent.

At-risk-of-poverty indicators for 2011 were calculated based on data on 2010 income, the statistics office noted.

Some 19.3 percent of the population was at poverty risk in Latvia and 17.5 percent in Estonia. In Latvia, the poverty risk level fell by 2 percentage points, while in Estonia, it rose by 1.7 points.

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