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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Eurostat: Half of Romania’s population suffers from material and social deprivation

Half of Romania’s population (50%) suffered from material and social deprivation in 2016, this being the highest rate registered in the European Union (EU), according to data from the European statistics office Eurostat.

This means that half of the Romanian population couldn’t afford at least five items out of several included on a list taken into account by the Eurostat statistics, namely: face unexpected expenses; one week annual holiday away from home; avoid arrears (in mortgage, rent, utility bills and/or hire purchase instalments); afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish or vegetarian equivalent every second day; keep their home adequately warm; a car/van for personal use; replace worn-out furniture; replace worn-out clothes with some new ones; have two pairs of properly fitting shoes; spend a small amount of money each week on him/herself (“pocket money”); have regular leisure activities; get together with friends/family for a drink/meal at least once a month; and have an internet connection.

Only Bulgaria had a rate close to that of Romania, namely 48%. Other EU Member States with high rates were Greece (36%), Hungary (32%) and Lithuania (29%).

On the other hand, the Nordic Member States and Luxembourg reported the lowest shares of material and social deprivation. For example, Sweden registered a rate of 3%, Finland – 4%, Luxembourg – 5%, and Denmark – 6%. At EU level, the rate stood at 16% in 2016, which means that 75 million people were suffering from material or social deprivation.

Eurostat data also showed that people with low education are the ones affected the most. Across EU, the material and social deprivation rate is higher among people with low (lower secondary or less) education level. A quarter of people with low education level in the EU suffer from the material and social deprivation, with the rate dropping to 14% for those with upper secondary education and 5% for people with higher (tertiary) education.

Half of children in Romania at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Eurostat: Half of Romania’s population suffers from material and social deprivation

Half of Romania’s population (50%) suffered from material and social deprivation in 2016, this being the highest rate registered in the European Union (EU), according to data from the European statistics office Eurostat.

This means that half of the Romanian population couldn’t afford at least five items out of several included on a list taken into account by the Eurostat statistics, namely: face unexpected expenses; one week annual holiday away from home; avoid arrears (in mortgage, rent, utility bills and/or hire purchase instalments); afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish or vegetarian equivalent every second day; keep their home adequately warm; a car/van for personal use; replace worn-out furniture; replace worn-out clothes with some new ones; have two pairs of properly fitting shoes; spend a small amount of money each week on him/herself (“pocket money”); have regular leisure activities; get together with friends/family for a drink/meal at least once a month; and have an internet connection.

Only Bulgaria had a rate close to that of Romania, namely 48%. Other EU Member States with high rates were Greece (36%), Hungary (32%) and Lithuania (29%).

On the other hand, the Nordic Member States and Luxembourg reported the lowest shares of material and social deprivation. For example, Sweden registered a rate of 3%, Finland – 4%, Luxembourg – 5%, and Denmark – 6%. At EU level, the rate stood at 16% in 2016, which means that 75 million people were suffering from material or social deprivation.

Eurostat data also showed that people with low education are the ones affected the most. Across EU, the material and social deprivation rate is higher among people with low (lower secondary or less) education level. A quarter of people with low education level in the EU suffer from the material and social deprivation, with the rate dropping to 14% for those with upper secondary education and 5% for people with higher (tertiary) education.

Half of children in Romania at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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