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Roughly one in 10 Czechs living below poverty level

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Prague, April 24 (CTK) – About 1.02 million people, or 9.7 percent of the 10.5 million inhabitants of the Czech Republic, lived below the income poverty line in 2016, the same percentage as in 2015, Michaela Brázdilová, from the Czech Statistical Office (CSU), said yesterday.

She said, however, the number of people who were in material deprivation and could not afford four and more out of ten things, including an extraordinary spending of 10,000 crowns, a week-long holiday or regular payment of a rent and instalments, dropped last year.

Experts follow three categories in social exclusion and poverty – income poverty, material deprivation and jobs.

About 159,000 people did not have a sufficient income, they suffered from deprivation and were unemployed in 2016.

However, the number of those threatened with at least one of the three watched indicators decreased last year to 13.3 percent, or about 1.4 million people.

“This overall indicator dropped by 0.7 percentage points” Brazdilova said.

The Czech Republic is among the countries with the lowest rate of poverty and social exclusion, which threaten an average of almost 24 percent of inhabitants in the EU.

In the Czech Republic, the worst situation is in the Moravia-Silesia Region and in the north-west, where poverty and exclusion threaten more than 20 percent of people.

The best situation is in Central Bohemia and in Prague, where about 10 percent of people are endangered.

($1=25.179 crowns)

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