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Germans in more danger of poverty than Czechs

The Local · 27 Mar 2012, 12:28

Published: 27 Mar 2012 12:28 GMT+02:00

As many as 13 million Germans, 15.6 percent of the population, are in danger of falling into poverty, the latest statistics, from 2009, show. That is a significantly higher proportion than in Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Overall, though, Germans are relatively well-off, since the overall average of the European Union is 16.4 percent.

The official definition of being "in danger of poverty" is anyone whose income – including state benefits - is less than 60 percent of the national average. In Germany that means anyone living on less than €940 a month is officially vulnerable to poverty.

By this standard, the Czech Republic has the lowest poverty rate, at only nine percent, followed by the Netherlands at 10 percent and Austria at around 12 percent.

The rate has edged up slightly in Germany in the past few years. In 2007, only 15 percent were threatened with poverty.

But taken as a whole, wealth in Germany is relatively well-distributed compared to the rest of the EU. The richest 20 percent of Germans earn around four times as much as the poorest – while the EU average is five times as much.

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Your comments about this article

13:13 March 27, 2012 by whiteriver
it would be nice to also have the 60% of the Czech R. national income average. I suspect it is well below the 940 eur from Germany.
15:20 March 27, 2012 by ChrisRea
The Czech Statistics Office says that the average gross monthly salary in Q4 2011 was ~EUR1,066. That means around EUR628 net monthly salary. 60% of it is about EUR377.
19:30 March 29, 2012 by Englishted
Nice end comment but .

The gap is growing and just because it is less than other countries does not make it correct or right morally .

Never mind Germany is booming ,ask any media outlet.
09:50 March 31, 2012 by HerLinder
the bankers and corporate elites get fat and wealthy while the rest of humanity dies off. That is the plan, it seems.
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