Economic strain among persons (%)

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Economic strain

Economic strain is determined by asking respondents to assess household’s ability to cover the following costs:

  • utility costs, rent and credit payments (including loans and purchase instalments for purchase of goods);
  • keeping the dwelling warm;
  • unexpected expenses covered from own resources;
  • a meal with meat, chicken or fish or equivalent vegetarian meal every second day; 
  • one week annual holiday away from home. 

Households which give a negative answer to at least two questions are considered to be subjected to economic strain.