One in five people in the EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion

In 2020, there were 96.5 million people in the EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion, representing 21.9% of the population. 

This information comes from data published by Eurostat today. The article presents a handful of findings from the more detailed Statistics Explained article on the living conditions in Europe – poverty and social exclusion, accompanied by an updated infographic.

In 2020, there were 75.3 million people at risk of poverty in the EU, 27.6 million were severely materially and socially deprived, and 27.1 million lived in a household with low work intensity.

Infographic: Number of people (millions) at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, 2020,

Among the 96.5 million inhabitants within the EU that faced the risk of poverty or social exclusion, some 5.9 million (1.3% of the total population) lived in households experiencing simultaneously all three poverty and social exclusion risks (risk of poverty, severely materially and socially deprived and living in a household with very low work).

Bar chart: People (% of total population) at risk of poverty or social exclusion in EU countries, 2020


Source dataset: ilc_peps01n

More than a quarter of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion in four Member States with available 2020 data: Romania (35.8%), Bulgaria (33.6%), Greece (27.5%) and Spain (27.0%). 

In contrast, the lowest shares of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion were recorded in Czechia (11.5%), Slovakia (13.8%), Slovenia (14.3%), the Netherlands (15.8%) and Finland (15.9%).

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