The poverty threshold is defined as 60 percent of the median, standardised income. For each country, the income level is calculated on the basis of the European Union-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey. Prosperity levels between the EU countries vary widely. The poverty threshold expressed in purchasing power in the Netherlands,
for example, is twice as high as in the Czech Republic. Luxembourg has the highest purchasing power.
Differences in definitions cause minor discrepancies between the results for the Netherlands published by the EU and the results published by Statistics Netherlands.