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Average Russian needs $2,700 monthly wage to be happy — report

October 30, 2015, 9:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The poverty line lies at around $230 of monthly income

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© ITAR-TASS/Sergey Savostyanov

MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. An average Russian older than 18 years thinks that 175,000 rubles ($2,700) per month is enough to be happy, according to the Superjob report published by the Izvestiya daily on Friday.

Earning 450,000 rubles per month ($7,000) is considered lavish while the poverty line lies at around 15,000 rubles ($230) of monthly income, the report says.

Older respondents named larger sums associated with wealthy lifestyle. While respondents under 24 years said 323,000 rubles ($5,000) per month was more than enough, people older than 45 years said the sum had to be around 555,000 rubles ($8,600). The greater the income, the higher are the wealth standards. Those who earn less than 25,000 rubles ($400) per month, wealth starts after 322,000 rubles ($5,000) while for respondents who earn more than 45,000 rubles ($700) monthly the standard starts at 523,000 rubles ($8,100).

Income assessments also differ in different cities. Muscovites consider wealth to start at 557,000 rubles per month ($8,600). They need around 193,000 rubles ($3,000) every month to be happy, and name the poverty line at 19,000 rubles ($300) per month and less.

According to Rosstat statistics service, in April 2015 the average monthly salary in Russia was around 33,800 rubles ($526), with 64,286 rubles ($1,000) for Muscovites and 46,452 rubles ($720) for residents of St. Petersburg.

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