Almost 30% of Italians at risk of poverty, says EU
Economic crisis means number of poor has risen since 200805 December, 12:23
According to Eurostat, 29.9% of Italians were at risk last year, an increase from the 28.2% at risk in 2011 and the 25.3% who were considered vulnerable in 2008, when the crisis that has shaken Europe began.
Further, the agency said that 14.5% of Italians were not only at risk but were "severely materially deprived" compared with the lowest levels of only 1.3% in the same position in Sweden and Luxembourg.
Greece, which like Italy has also been mired in a deep recession, reported figures of 34.6% of its population at risk of poverty in 2012 compared with 28.1% in 2008.
Eurostat noted that poverty thresholds varied between nations based on local conditions.