Households by self-perceived financial well-being 

Updated: 21.12.2016 - Next update: 21.12.2017

One-quarter of households have difficulties in making ends meet

In all, 651,000 households or 24.6 per cent of all households report experiencing at least some problems in making ends meet. This is 0.4 percentage points more than in 2014. Of all households, 7.7 per cent or around 203,000 households have more serious difficulties in making ends meet. This is 0.4 percentage points more than one year earlier. The share of households experiencing difficulties in making ends meet has remained fairly stable in recent years. The share of households having experienced at least some difficulties was at its highest, 30 per cent, in 2003. The share of those having experienced more serious difficulties was also biggest then, around ten per cent.

Income distribution statistics

Description of indicator

In addition to surveys based on income, household finances may be studied by asking the households how well they are able to make their ends meet with the current income. Income distribution statistics has been collected since 2003 by asking the households: "When taking into account all of the household income, is it sufficient to cover normal expenses with great difficulty, with difficulty, with some difficulty, fairly easily, easily, very easily?"