Income and living conditions of the population of Lithuania
(edition 2022)

Absolute poverty rate


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Absolute poverty rate is calculated according to the same methodology as the at-the-risk-of poverty rate, while the method and size of calculation of the poverty threshold differs. Absolute poverty threshold refers to the amount of minimum consumption needs calculated by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania every year.

In 2021, absolute poverty threshold was EUR 260 per month for a person living alone, and EUR 546 – for family composed of two adults and two children aged under 14 (in 2020, EUR 257 and 540 respectively).

In 2021, absolute poverty rate stood at 3.9 per cent, i.e. about 110 thousand residents were living below the absolute poverty rate. In urban areas, 2.6 per cent of population (in five major cities – 2.1 per cent, in other cities and towns – 3.3 per cent) received disposable income below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold, in rural areas – 6.7 per cent.

Compared to 2020, absolute poverty rate in the country decreased by 1.2 percentage points, over five years – 11.9 percentage points.

The absolute poverty rate for persons of retirement age was lower than that for children under 18 or persons of working age. In 2021, it stood at 1.9 per cent and, compared to 2020, decreased by 2.4 percentage points.

Absolute poverty rate by age group, 2017–2021

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The latest and detailed data are available in the Database of Indicators


1 per cent of employed persons, 24.3 per cent of unemployed persons and 2.2 per cent of retired persons were living below absolute poverty rate. Compared to 2020, the absolute poverty rate of employed persons remained unchanged, that of unemployed persons decreased by 7.4, that of retired persons – 3 percentage points.

For further terms, see the Dictionary of Statistical Terms.