New Statistics: About 320,000 People Live Below Poverty Line In Belarus

3,4% of the population live below the poverty line in Belarus. This follows from Belstat sample household survey on living standards in the third quarter of 2020.

In the first quarter, the share of low-income people also amounted to 3,4%, in the second quarter – 3,6%.

According to the latest Belstat data, as of 1 April, the population in the country was 9 million 397,8 thousand people. This means that about 319,5 thousand people lived below the poverty line in the third quarter.

The largest share of those living below the poverty line is among families with children under 187% of low-income households. Among households without children, the share of those living below the poverty line was 1,5%, among one person households – 1.1%.

The highest level of poverty is in the Gomel Oblast (4,8% of the population) and the lowest is in Minsk (0,9%).

Per capita income is national income divided by population size. When calculating per capita income, all citizens are taken into account, including unemployed, pensioners, and minors. Per capita income must be distinguished from average salaries.

It is often used to measure a country’s standard of living.

Sources: Belstat, TUT.BY