Europe: Income distribution stable

The structure of middle incomes across Europe has come under the spotlight in recent figures published by Eurostat. The proportion of people with incomes at or above 130% of the median has remained remarkably stable over the period 2008-2014/15 (29.5%-30%). The lowest proportion has, however, been in Norway (22.6%) and highest in Estonia (34.7%) and Serbia (34.4%). But most curious changes have been the few countries where the relative number of people experiencing at least modest affluence has been clearly on the rise – such as Denmark (22.6% to 25.8%), Sweden (23.6% to 25.2%) and, to a less extent, Germany (28.6% to 30.4%).

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