A person is in a situation of severe material deprivation if at least four of these elements are missing. In 2018, 5% of the Belgian population was in such a situation.
According to the survey, an unexpected expense of at least 1,100 euros is a major challenge for 24% of the population, while 23% cannot afford to take a vacation each year.
Some 12% of children under the age of 16 years cannot afford to take part regularly in leisure activities and 10% cannot spend a small sum of money for themselves each week.
Finally, 19% of Belgians live in a household that has a hard time balancing its budget.