Poland has the highest social inequality in the EU

Summary

Poland is a country with the highest social inequality in the European Union. This situation causes political problems as the poorest people rarely vote (so they are excluded from political life).

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about poor economic situation and failed market reforms in Central and Eastern European countries (see similar examples here and here).

According to the Gini coefficient statistics from 2016, social inequality in Poland is below the EU average.

According to the data of the OECD, the income inequality indicator for Poland is as high as 0.28 (where 0 means complete equality and 1 - complete inequality), which puts Poland on the 9th place among the EU countries.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 161
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Poland, EU
  • Keywords: Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Disproof

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