Fewer Slovaks compared to the European average said that they perceive a rise in poverty over the past year, the TASR newswire was told by Andrea Elscheková-Matisová from the Representative Office of the European Commission in Slovakia on Saturday, October 31.
As many as 57 percent of Europeans on average have perceived a growth in poverty over the past year, with Latvians being the most pronounced - 90 percent, Portuguese - 88 percent and Hungarians - 87 percent, according to Eurobarometer.
“Slovaks have perceived the growth in poverty less intensely - 32 percent said that poverty rose significantly over the past year, and 17 stated that it rose moderately,” said Elscheková-Matisová. “As for poverty in Slovakia, almost a quarter of Slovaks feel that it remained at the same level as it was before the crisis.”
According to the survey, more than 50 percent of Slovaks had no problems with settling bills related to their household, and 27 percent had troubles only from time to time. However, around 20 percent of Slovaks had financial problems over the past year and said they were not able to pay bills and buy necessary goods. The survey was conducted in Slovakia in July on a sample of 1,006 people. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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2. Nov 2009 at 14:00