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Income, living conditions and fiscal burden of households

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Risk of poverty or social exclusion lowered in the year before the pandemic

In 2019 the share of population at risk of poverty or social exclusion decreased from 27.3% to 25.6%, in comparison with 2018, due to lower rates of severe material deprivation and low work intensity among households. The share of individuals at risk of poverty remained stable at 20.1%.

In 2018, the average household net income (31,641 euros per year) increased in current values (+0.8%) but not in real terms (-0.4%).

Income inequality was unchanged: the income of the richest quintile of the population was still more than six times higher than the income of the poorest quintile.

Reference period: Year 2019

Date of Issue: 19 March 2021

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