Brazil has a long way to go to become a more egalitarian society in spite of significant advances over the past decade, when millions of poor joined the ranks of the middle classes, the country’s 2010 census shows.

Among the most glaring inequalities, the figures found that 25 per cent of the population still lived on an average monthly income per capita of up to R$188 ($106) and half the population on up to R$375. This was compared to the minimum wage in 2010 of R$510.

“The results of Census 2010 show that income inequality is still very strong in Brazil, despite the declining trend observed in recent years,” the government data bureau, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – known as the IBGE – said.

Source: Financial Times

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