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Sweden has EU's lowest proportion of people living in serious poverty

A person sleeping outside in central Stockholm. Photo: Maja Suslin / TT

Published: 17.Oct.2018 07:59 hrs

Sweden has the EU's lowest proportion of people living in serious poverty, with around one percent of the population falling into that category according to national statistics agency SCB.

That corresponds to around 100,000 people, and is well below the EU-average of seven percent of the population.

"Even though there is little difference compared to Norway, Switzerland and a few other countries, Sweden now has the lowest level of material poverty," said Philip Andö, an SCB statistician.

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