1 in 7 pensioners at risk of poverty in the EU. Cyprus Risk at 30% !!

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poor homeless old woman sells flowers on the street in an attempt to pursue in Burgas/Bulgaria/03/08/2016. street trading by an elderly pensioner.

In 2019, the proportion of pensioners aged over 65 at risk of poverty in the EU stood at 15.1%, slightly above the figure of 14.5% in 2018 as well as above the risk of poverty of working age population (16 to 64 years) at 14.2%. Unlike the gender pension gap, at-risk-of-poverty rate for pensioners has been rising gradually since 2014, when it stood at 12.3%.

Across the EU as a whole between 2010 and 2019, the proportion of female pensioners aged over 65 who were at risk of poverty was around 3 to 4 percentage points (pp) higher than the rate for male pensioners.

Infographic: At-risk-of-poverty rate for pensioners by sex in the EU

Source dataset: ilc_li04

In 2019, the proportion of pensioners aged over 65 who are deemed to be at risk of poverty was between 10% and 30% in the majority of EU Member States. The four countries with an at-risk-of-poverty rate above 30% in 2019 were Latvia (54%), Estonia (51%), Bulgaria (36%) and Lithuania (35%).

In contrast, the lowest rates in 2019 were recorded in Luxembourg (7%), Slovakia, France, Denmark (all 9%) and Greece (10%).

Infographic: At-risk-of-poverty rate for pensioners