Almost no one is poor in Sweden

Published October 16, 2021 at 4:31 p.m.

The EU’s definition of social or material poverty contains 13 questions about what EU citizens can do. The questions are whether you can afford to:

Pay for unforeseen expenses
Take one week off per year
Eat a meal with meat, chicken or fish every other day
Have adequate heating of the home
Have access to a car
Pay debts on time
Replace worn furniture
Replace worn clothes
Own two pairs of shoes
Meet friends / relatives for coffee / beer / dinner at least once a month
Spend time regularly on some leisure activity
Every week spend a small amount of money on themselves
Have internet access

A person in material and social poverty cannot afford at least five of these thirteen items.

When it comes to costs related to the housing so central in Sweden (mortgages, rent and other housing costs), Swedes do not have the same advantage.

Five percent of Sweden’s population stated in 2020 that they have fallen behind with at least one of these payments in the past year. Sweden is thus slightly below the average, which is 8 percent. But the countries in the EU that report the lowest share are the Czech Republic, Luxembourg and the Netherlands with 3 percent each.

The highest proportion is reported by Greece and Bulgaria, 37 and 24 percent respectively.

Source: Fria Tider by

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