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Definition: Lone pensioner household

Regional statistics

A lone pensioner household is a single person household where that person has retired from work and – in the normal case – reached the national retirement age.

As the national retirement age varies in different countries, the emphasis is put on the fact that these persons will not work anymore. Persons to be counted have worked earlier, so persons that never worked, for example due to a handicap and persons receiving unemployment benefits are not included.
Eurostat, "Urban Audit - Methodological Handbook (2004 Edition)", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2004