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More children in Norway live in poverty. Increase of 35,000 in just six years. According to a report recently released by the research agency Fafo, the number of children growing up in a family with little money in Norway has increased by almost three percent. The rise comes despite people’s ever-improving personal economy.Definitions In an international context, the problem of poverty in Norway is small. But even though the country consistently scores highly on the UN’s surveys on living standards, there were still 85,000 children living in poverty in 2006.

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More children in Norway live in poverty

Published on Wednesday, 2nd September, 2009 at 21:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Increase of 35,000 in just six years.

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Childless Millionaire+poor woman
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According to a report recently released by the research agency Fafo, the number of children growing up in a family with little money in Norway has increased by almost three percent. The rise comes despite people’s ever-improving personal economy.

Definitions

In an international context, the problem of poverty in Norway is small. But even though the country consistently scores highly on the UN’s surveys on living standards, there were still 85,000 children living in poverty in 2006.

The EU defines poor children as those who live in households with earnings of less than 60 percent of the mean income of all the families with children in Norway. In 2006, the lower limit was 297,552 kroner for a family with two adults and two small children.

Rights

According to the report, the term “child poverty” refers to those who lack “the opportunity to participate equally and the possibility of development”, contravening article 27 of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Amongst other things, the article states that “the parent(s) or others responsible for the child have the primary responsibility to secure, within their abilities and financial capacities, the conditions of living necessary for the child's development”.

The report concludes that children from a low-income family often don’t get these rights honoured because lack of money leads to social exclusion, low self-esteem, and unhappiness. It also removes their access to learning through being members of after-school activity groups.

Geographical

In 2006, the numbers of poverty-stricken children living in Oslo were almost twice as high as the rest of the country. Almost eight out of ten children from non-western immigrant families living in Oslo were found to be particularly at risk because many of these families only have one person providing for them, according to the report.

Akerhus, Vestlandet, Troms, and Finnmark counties had the least number of children affected by poverty.

The analyses in the report are based on data from Statistics Norway (Statistisk sentralbyrå).



Published on Wednesday, 2nd September, 2009 at 21:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: eu, un, child, convention, rights, article, contravene, norway, poor, fafo, oslo, immigrant.





  
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