The indicator is defined as the share of population living at risk-of-poverty. A person is defined as being in risk-of-poverty if his/her equivalized (by household size) income after social transfers is below 60 % of the corresponding national median. Although it is calculated per individual, its primary measurement unit is the household
The indicator At-risk-of-poverty-rate is included in the Laeken, the EU SDS and in the EU2020 Strategy indicators, with the objective being to lift out at least 20 Mio people from poverty by 2020.
As this indicator measures relative poverty in relation to national average disposable income, the map does not show a divide in the prosperity level of countries. Mapping this indicator at NUTS 2 level hides potential correlations of relative poverty with peripherality at a national scale in the small Baltic States, which are represented as one single NUTS-2 region. In bigger countries the territorial pattern reveals a quite common income divide between relatively small area of the capital with its closest surrounding and the remaining territory of the country. A weak divide between the Nordic countries and the remaining BSR can be seen in all years, too. In the Nordic countries risk of poverty is quite evenly spread but one can observe more striking variations of relative poverty risk in the former East Germany, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, which, however, decreased from 2009 to 2013.