30 million children under the age of 17 are poor  in rich countries, thus 15 % out of 200 million, according to the latest Innocenti report from Unicef (read online). The highest poverty rate is observed in Romania, where 25.5 % of children are living below the poverty line. The second highest rate can be found in the United States, where 23.1 % of children are concerned. Conversely, the lowest rates are in Iceland (4.7 %) and in Finland (5.3 %), as well as in all Scandinavian countries.
A part from this, the report indicates that in Europe – the European Union plus Iceland and Norway – 13 million children aged between 1 and 16 years suffer from material deprivations , thus 15 % out of 85 million children. In other words, 85 % of children in Europe are no victims of such shortages. In Romania and Bulgaria the material deprivation rates are highest – affecting 72.6 and 56.6 % of children respectively. The lowest rates are observed in Iceland (0.9% of children) and Sweden (1.3 % of children).
|Click here to read "Measuring Child Poverty : New league tables of child poverty in the world’s rich countries", Inocenti Report, Unicef, 2012. Also available in French and Italian.|