Around 312,000 people in Lithuania lived below the absolute poverty line last year as their monthly income was below 245 euros per capita, or 515 euros for a family of two adults and two children under 14.
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The absolute poverty level stood at 11.1 percent in 2018, down 2.7 percentage points from 13.8 percent in 2017, the latest figures from Lithuania's statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, show.

Poverty rates are calculated based on the prior year's income and the 2018 results were based on income data from 2017.

The latest data shows 8.3 percent of people in Lithuania (5.5 percent in five major cities and 13 percent in other cities) earned an income below the absolute poverty line, and the rate stood at 16.8 percent in rural areas.

Around 645,000 people, or 22.9 percent, lived below the at-risk-of-poverty threshold in Lithuania, and it remained unchanged from the previous year. The threshold stood at 345 euros per capita, or 724 euros for a family of two adults and two children under 14.

Due to a rise in residential disposal income, the at-risk-of-poverty threshold rose 12.4 percent last year.

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