Efforts to achieve social balance
Development of human potential, including enhanced welfare levels, is a state policy priority
Despite various dimensions, there is a common denominator to the index, as see in sociological surveys. From 1998-2015, the number of citizens viewing themselves as poor fell 2.5-fold: from 52 percent to 19.5 percent. Meanwhile, the share of those referring to themselves as having a middle income rose from 27.3 percent to 75.5 percent (see the table).
Data collected through many years of monitoring, by the Information-Analytical Centre at the Presidential Administration, shows that drastic changes have occurred in Belarusians’ assessments of their material welfare.
Remarkably, international organisations rate Belarus among the top ten for social equality. They believe the difference between the richest and the poorest in Belarus to be almost the same as that in Germany, Austria and Sweden. Such social balance ensures political stability for the state.
By Yevgeny Kononovich