One in three Greeks live in poverty or social exclusion, Eurostat shows

One in three Greeks live in conditions of poverty social exclusion, compared to an average of one in four citizens in European Union countries, according to data for 2016 that the EU’s statistics service Eurostat made public on Monday.

Specifically, 35.5 percent of the Greek population (3.8 million people) were living in social exclusion last year compared to 28.1 percent in 2008.

The EU average, by contrast, was 23.4 percent (or 117.5 million people) living in conditions of social exclusion, just under the 23.7 percent rate in 2008.