The percentage of Bulgarians at risk of poverty or social exclusion dropped from 44.8 per cent in 2008 to 38.9 per cent in 2017, but this figure was still the highest in the European Union, according to figures released on October 15 by EU statistics agency Eurostat.
In real terms, the number of Bulgarians at risk of poverty or social exclusion was about 3.4 million in 2008, dropping to 2.7 million in 2018, going by the Eurostat figures.
Bulgaria was one of the three EU countries where in 2017 more than a third of the population was at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
The other two were Romania (35.7 per cent) and Greece (34.8 per cent).
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