>> In 2013, households living in conditions of relative poverty totalled 12.6 percent of resident households, thus making little over 10 million poor individuals, or 16.6 percent of the resident population.  Absolute poverty involved 7.9 percent of households, or a total of around 6 million individuals. The regional situation highlights how southern Italy and the Islands, where more than a quarter of households are poor, are at a sharp disadvantage; by contrast, in the rest of the country decidedly lower rates of relative poverty are recorded (7.5 in the Centre and 6.0 percent in the North).

>> In 2013, around  62 percent of resident households in Italy earned a net income lower than the average annual amount (29,426 euros, approximately 2,452 euros a month). Campania recorded the highest income distribution inequality and Sicilia the lowest average annual income (about 29 percent lower than the national average).

>> In 2013, 23.4 percent of resident households in Italy experienced at least  three of the difficulties considered in calculating the deprivation synthetic index, showing a decrease in comparison to the previous year. The regional situation highlights how southern Italy and the Islands are at a sharp disadvantage with a value of the indicator equal to 40.8 percent.

>> During the first months of 2014, the percentage of people aged 14 and over who said they were very or fairly satisfied with their economic situation was 43.5 percent. The level of satisfaction of persons with their economic situation is marked by large regional variability, passing from 66.2 percent in the autonomous province of Bolzano/Bozen to 30.2 percent in Sicilia.