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Children and their families: Children with low income standard

Low income standard is more common among children with a foreign background

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2022-12-20 8.00

In 2020, 8,5 percent of children under the age of 18, living at home, had a low income standard, meaning that the family’s income is not enough to cover basic needs. It is more common among children with a foreign background to have a low income standard, they also tend to have low income standard during longer periods of time when compared to children with a Swedish background.

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Definitions and explanations

Low income standard

Low income standard is an absolute measure of poverty. The indicator classifies households with low income and measures the share of people living in households not able to meet basic needs, such as housing costs, costs of child care, local transportations etc.

Swedish and foreign background

Swedish background: Swedish born children with at least one Swedish born parent. Foreign background: foreign born children and Swedish born children with two foreign born parents.


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Statistical agency

Statistics Sweden, Section for Coordination and Interdisciplinary Operations

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