Households in financial difficulties by household type, 2004-2012
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In 2010 a new question that measures housing cost burden was added to the survey in accordance with Eurostat regulations. In the new question all factors of the housing cost were read out to the respondents but the older question is more general with no reading out of the different factors. In the years 2010 and 2011 all respondents received both questions so the effect of the new question could be evaluated. The result is that there is a great difference between the answers given to the two questions. Much more people claim housing cost to be a heavy burden when all the factors are read out . In the year 2011 31.6% claimed housing cost to be a heavy burden when all factors were read out but 19.2% claimed housing cost to be a heavy burden when asked the shorter question.

The definition of children in the household is everyone who is under 18 of age and those who are 18-24, not working and living with at least one parent. Adults in the household are those who do not fall under the definition of children.

The amount used in the question about unexpected expenses was 157,000 ISK in 2012 and is based on the at-risk-of-poverty threshold for a single person household calculated from the survey two years before.