SLOVAKIA's middle class is diminishing. The number of households with a medium monthly income has been dropping, while the number of households with a lower income is on the rise, the daily SME wrote.
Sociologists warn that it is the middle class that, in developed countries, serves as a guarantee of stability.
In 1996, Slovakia had 120,000 households in the medium income range, which was between Sk3,450 - 3,850 (€83.84 - 93.56) per person per month. In 2002, the number of households in that range, identified by an income of between Sk78,000 - 84,000 (€1,895.50 - 2,041.30), dropped to 50,000.
24. Nov 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports