Some 150,000 children are living in poverty in Sweden, according to the Unicef. Photo: Karin Hartmann/Sveriges Radio.
New report from Unicef - Sweden 22nd on list

Sweden fails to help children in poverty

Sweden is failing to help children out of poverty, according to a new report from Unicef, the United Nations organisation for the protection of children's rights.

In terms of the number of children living in poverty, Sweden comes in as number 8 of the 35 countries compared in the study. But when it comes to helping children already in poverty, the country is only ranked 22nd.

Poverty in this study is defined as children who live in households with less than half of the average income in the country. In Sweden, children are allowed to end up over 20 percent below this threshold. In Finland, which scored best in this chart, the children living in the poorest households end up merely 10 percent below the threshold.

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