Poverty in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic belongs to countries with the lowest poverty levels – in 2007 (the latest available data from the Czech Statistical Office and Eurostat), the poverty level calculated according to the EU methodology was 10%, while the EU average is as high as 16%.

The most vulnerable to poverty were the unemployed, single-parent families and families with 3 and more children. 16% of all children below 18 years of age lived below the poverty in the Czech Republic, the average within the EU was 19%.

  • 15% of persons living in households with minimum economic activity received an income below the poverty line (EU average was 30%) -without children
  • 1% of persons living in households with maximum economic activity received an income below the poverty line (EU average was 5%) -without children
  • 79% of persons living in households with minimum economic activity received an income below the poverty line (EU average was 64%) -with children
  • 3% of persons living in households with maximum economic activity received an income below the poverty line (EU average was 7%) -with children
  • Employed persons aged 18 years and over-3% were threatened with poverty
  • Unemployed persons aged 18 years and over-48% were threatened with poverty
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One thought on “Poverty in the Czech Republic

  1. The main reason, linked with lowest number of poor people in Czech Republic in comparison with other European countries, is Czech welfare system. Mentioned system is considered as most efficient, on a par with the Scandinavian countries, although at a far lower cost.
    The pension system is set up in such a way that nobody in the retirement age should be below the poverty line. Moreover, there is the minimal acceptable social income, so even single headed families with children should not be below the poverty line. They have also a very cheap health care system. There are virtually no patient co-payments. So these factors, I believe, contribute to the low problem of poverty.
    Besides, there is one factor that contributes to the good situation in the Czech Republic – tradition from the socialist regime. They inherited the system with a very low degree of inequality and that has been maintained until today, to some extend. During the transformation period they never had any radical reform, there was never any dismantling of the welfare state. Even the so called right wing governments in the first half of the 1990’s never really did much to reduce the benefits. And that tradition goes on until today.

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