The Most Impoverished Countries In The Developed World

Face of poverty

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Since the mid-1980s, countries like UK, Japan and Israel have seen a steep increase in poverty rates, according to a new OECD report that looks at poverty across its member countries.We ranked high-income OECD economies based on their poverty rate  and culled historical data to give a bigger picture of poverty in member nations.

These countries, considered to be developed, had poverty rates that exceeded the OECD average of 11.1%.

Chile for instance witnessed a drop in its poverty rate, but at 18.9% a vast portion of its population remains impoverished. Read on to see which countries have large impoverished populations.

Note: This list only considers OECD countries. Data released April 12, 2011.

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title=”#15 United Kingdom”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 11.3%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 6.9%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +2.2%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#14 Canada”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 11.4%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 11.8%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: -0.2%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#13 Italy”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 11.4%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 10.3%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +0.4%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#12 Greece”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 12.6%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 13.4%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: -1.1%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#11 Portugal”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 13.6%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 14.6%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: -1.3%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#10 Spain”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 13.7%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 14.1%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: -0.2%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#9 Estonia”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 13.9%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: N/A

Annual change since the mid-1980s: N/A

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#8 Australia”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 14.6%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 11.4%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +1.9%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#7 Korea”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 15%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: N/A

Annual change since the mid-1980s: N/A

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#6 Japan”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 15.7%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 12%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +1.3%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#5 Turkey”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 17%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 16.4%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +0.2%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#4 United States”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 17.3%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 17.9%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: -0.1%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#3 Chile”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 18.9%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 20.2%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: -0.7%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#2 Israel”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 19.9%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 11.9%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +2.2%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”#1 Mexico”
content=”Late-2000s poverty rate: 21%

Mid-1980s poverty rate: 20.7%

Annual change since the mid-1980s: +0.1%

Poverty rate refers to percentage of persons living with less than 50% of median equivalised household income, late-2000s, according to OECD
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title=”Now who’s working hard to get out of poverty?”
content=”The Hardest Working Countries In The World >
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