The National Labour, Social Affairs, and Family Office has reported that Slovakia had 386,314 people living below the poverty line at the end of June, which is 7.17 percent of the population. This number has come down 0.38 percentage points since the end of last year.
According to the Labour, Social Affairs, and Family Office, the Košice Region in eastern Slovakia had the largest share of the population below the poverty line at 12.41 percent. The Banská Bystrica Region registered 11.20 percent of its citizens as living in poverty. In contrast, only 1.54 percent of Bratislava Region citizens were registered as living in a state of need.
Someone is considered to be living in poverty when their monthly income is below the subsistence level, which now stands at Sk4,980 for adults and Sk2,270 for children.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Sep 2007 at 14:00