(MENAFN) The EU statistical office (Eurostat) stated that the percentage of EU population that was at risk of poverty or social exclusion reached 24.2 percent in 2011, reported Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
The agency said that the proportion, which represents 119.6 million, is up from 23.4 percent in 2010 and compared with 23.5 percent in 2008
It added that 49 percent of Bulgaria's population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion last year, 40 percent in both of Romania and Latvia, 33 percent in Lithuania, whereas it reached 31 percent in each of Greece and Hungary.
On the other hand, 9 percent of the EU population were severely materially deprived, which means that their living conditions were restrained by a shortage of resources, including not being able to afford to pay bills, keep home adequately warm, or take a one week holiday away from home.
Eurostat noted that 44 percent of Bulgaria's population was severely materially deprived, while the share in Latvia reached 31 percent; however, in Luxembourg and Sweden, the percentage reached only 1 percent.