• Sweden edition
 
EU classifies 1 percent of Swedes as 'poor'

EU classifies 1 percent of Swedes as 'poor'

Published: 04 Mar 2013 10:17 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2013 10:17 GMT+01:00

In Sweden and in the EU at large, it is the unemployed who are most at risk of living in what Eurostat dubs "serious material poverty". A person is considered poor if he or she does not satisfy four out of nine criteria, which include:

Not being able to cover an unforeseen expense, not being able to afford to eat meat, poultry or fish more than every other day. It also covers heating your home, having access to one week paid holiday a year, owning capital goods such as a washing machine or a car.

Sweden and Luxembourg have the EU's lowest proportion of citizens or residents living below the material poverty line - both at about 1 percent.

The EU average was 9 percent.

Bulgarians fare the worst, as 44 percent of its population are considered materially poor. Almost one in three Lithuanians also don't satisfy four of the nine material criteria outlined by Eurostat.

The EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions review is performed annually.

Across the EU, the unemployed fared the worse.

In Sweden, about 10 percent of job seekers live in material poverty, compared to the 1-percent national average.

The figure was much higher in other member states. On average, one in four of the unemployed in the EU lives in material poverty, while only one in ten of people who have found work do.

Ann Törnkvist

Follow Ann on Twitter here

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

11:22 March 4, 2013 by rise
I can see why "Bulgarians fare the worst". I have been there and it nearly broke my heart to see how many of them were struggling in poverty.

If thinking you're having it poorly, you need to travel to eastern Europe and open your eyes. Over there many are still living in the ruin of the fallen Soviet Union.
11:39 March 4, 2013 by RobinHood
Last year, the Swedish Red Cross told us, one in ten Swedish children lives in poverty. Boooooo! This year, Eurostat tells us that only one percent of all Swedes lives in poverty, the best in the EU. Hooray! Both organisations cannot be right, the divergence is massive and inexplicable.

Either Eurostat or the Swedish Red Cross is incompetent, and/or is deliberately misinforming us.

Those of us who live in Sweden and actually see Swedish children know the truth.
12:06 March 4, 2013 by unionisten
well RobinHood clearly the redcross is wrong
14:52 March 4, 2013 by byke
This news is being discussed more in depth in the forum, under the Swedish news section.

As mentioned on that discussion it is believed the stats could have come from a very questionable source, Swedish speakers only, on home phone lines only, during the day time only ..... Etc etc ..... All the sort of qualities of a survey which I highly doubt would be representational of "poor people".

Also this news is actually from the 3rd of December LAST YEAR LOL.

And the stats themselves are representational of 2 years ago LOL .....

Make of it what you will.

But I would urge anyone interested in real Swedish news to come to the forum.
14:58 March 4, 2013 by riose
@RobinHood

I think the difference is the way of measuring poverty.

Probably Red Cross was focusing on need. Walk on the outskirts of Stockholm one of those very cold days (under -15) and you will find kids playing outside with sneakers. If you ask them they will deny being poor (everybody around is like them!), but there is no money at home to buy winter shoes, or fresh veggies, or after-school activities.

There is some people in very bad economical situation out there, living here is expensive, and they get pushed to misery.
15:37 March 4, 2013 by Gardian
lets be honest and fair the 1% in poverty line in sweden are immigrants mostly with foreign background, and that is why now one in rest of the country really care about that. as long as the unemployed person is an immigrants/ refugee there is nothing to worry about it.

I wonder one poverty line cross and hit swedes, I am sure only then we will react seriously about this. but how ? simple .. to ask the few immigrants and refugees who are working to leave and back home, so that swedes get job.
10:35 March 5, 2013 by Reason and Realism
Why not the usual headline from the Local: 'EU SLAMS Sweden for 1% poverty level'.

Seems the EU is always 'slamming' Sweden on a variety of items over which it outperforms most of Europe and the World.
10:39 March 5, 2013 by Danne8
^^^^^^ Troll comment above. Recommended to omit.
Today's headlines
Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing
Photo: AP

Zlatan scores hat trick in PSG thrashing

Champions Paris Saint-Germain thumped Saint-Etienne 5-0 as Bordeaux saw their 100 percent record at the start of the Ligue 1 season ended on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against Bastia. READ  

Sweden reports suspected case of Ebola
Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden reports suspected case of Ebola

Officials at a Stockholm hospital reported that they had found a suspected case of the Ebola virus on Sunday night. READ  

Flash floods cause chaos in southern Sweden
A car in Malmö on Sunday. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson/TT

Flash floods cause chaos in southern Sweden

The Skåne region of southern Sweden was hit suddenly by extreme rains on Sunday morning, with houses flooded, buses evacuated, and people having to swim to safety from their cars. READ  

Fit-again Ibrahimovic set for PSG return
Photo: TT

Fit-again Ibrahimovic set for PSG return

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make his comeback for Paris Saint-Germain against Saint-Etienne in Ligue 1 on Sunday after two weeks on the sidelines with an abdominal muscle injury. READ  

Military raises readiness level over Ukraine
Swedish soldiers in Afghanistan. File photo: Magnus Lindstedt/Armed Forces

Military raises readiness level over Ukraine

The Swedish military said Saturday it had increased intelligence gathering and called in extra staff to its headquarters over the crisis in Ukraine, as the prime minister compared Russia's current behaviour with the Cold War. READ  

Police injured in anti-Nazi protest in Stockholm
Police and demonstrators on Saturday. Photo: Fredrik Persson/TT

Police injured in anti-Nazi protest in Stockholm

Swedish police said three officers were injured Saturday as they faced a crowd of thousands protesting against a neo-Nazi rally in central Stockholm. READ  

Boy receives cancer vaccine by mistake
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Boy receives cancer vaccine by mistake

A boy scheduled to be vaccinated against mumps, measles, and rubella instead received a vaccine against cervical cancer. His family has now reported the blunder for inspection. READ  

Sweden grants additional funds to jobs agency
Photo: Bertil Enevåg Ericson/TT

Sweden grants additional funds to jobs agency

The Swedish government has announced that it will increase funding to the jobs agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) in 2015, primarily to cover personnel costs but also to prevent long-term unemployment. READ  

Police 'powerless' against street racers
Police on E4 highway. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Police 'powerless' against street racers

Stockholm police said they were powerless to react when streetracers took over at "insane speeds" on a large highway on Friday night. READ  

Saab carmaker wins receivership
Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Saab carmaker wins receivership

After initial rejection, a Chinese-owned company set up to take over Saab's assets after the troubled Swedish carmaker's bankruptcy said on Friday it had succeeded in being placed in receivership. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Tech
Sweden's highest peak to lose title next year
Politics
How immigration became a key election issue
Society
Brit's life in Sweden becomes BBC radio show
Gallery
People-watching August 27
Gallery
Top ten false friends in Swedish
Blog updates

25 August

Hit och dit, här och där (The Swedish Teacher) »

" Hej igen! A common challenge for Swedish language students are the location adverbs hit/här, dit/där, hem/hemma etc. Some of the location adverbs come in two versions. We should use one type of location adverb when we use a verb describes where we are, and we should use the other type of location adverb when we the verb..." READ »

 

25 August

The Dollar Store (Blogweiser) »

"A dollar store in Sweden. Blog post: http://t.co/tNuuvcP1q0 #USD #greenbacks #sweden #sverige pic.twitter.com/RHFAYf7U1k — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) August 23, 2014 There’s a chain here in Sweden called The DollarStore. This name always stood out to me in a country where they don’t use dollars. I went there for the first time this weekend. They actually accepted greenbacks..." READ »

 
 
 
National
Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize
Society
Meet the man who made a Swedish store recall its high heels for kids
Business & Money
'How I came to run my own business in Sweden'
Politics
Expert explains why Sweden's election oozes uncertainty
National
City plays Schindler's List theme at Nazi rally
Society
For Stockholm Fashion Week, here's the A-Z of Swedish fashion
National
'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Swedish city all set for six-hour workday trial
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Sponsored Article
Graduates: Insure your income in Sweden with AEA
Gallery
People-watching August 22-24
National
Armed royal guards caught (very) drunk on the job
National
Sweden orders textbook on Roma discrimination
Gallery
Violent anti-Nazi demonstrations in Malmö
Society
A closer look at Sweden's five official minority languages
Gallery
See the destruction from the southern Sweden floods
Politics
'Sweden Democrats hold the key to elections'
Society
Swedes celebrate first day of smelly fish season
Sponsored Article
Find out what gives this Swedish school executive appeal
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing...Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

732
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se