CHRISTIAN Democratic Movement (KDH) deputy Anna Záborská tried to live on Sk4,500 (€110) for a month, which is very close to the subsistence level in Slovakia. She wanted to experience the situation that is the reality of the lives of 618,000 Slovak citizens, the daily SME wrote.
Záborská claims that one can survive with that much money but it is not enough to have a normal life. She told media that despite a rather modest daily menu, she had to borrow Sk100 (€2.44) to be able to survive until the end of the month.
Sociologists dubbed her trial populist and said that the situation Záborská experienced was artificial as she still had her fine clothes, washing machine, and other luxury objects that she had obtained before trying to live on Sk4,500.
Sociologist Zuzana Kusá says that Slovakia lacks serious research on what the unavoidable monthly expenses of an individual are.
The state has set the subsistence level at Sk4,210 (€103).
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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3. Dec 2003 at 9:51