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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU37% of Latvian residents are satisfied with their life in the country. Only 8% of respondents are critical about their life. 73% of respondents said they are proud of living in Latvia, according to results of a survey performed for Latvia’s centenary.

The survey studied society’s views about upcoming festivities and the state of the country.

Latvia’s greatest accomplishment is freedom

The survey reveals what Latvian residents see as the country’s greatest accomplishment in the past 100 years. There were no answers to pick from – respondents were asked to come up with their own.

38% of respondents mentioned restoration of freedom and independence as Latvia’s greatest accomplishment in the past hundred years. Even the country’s inclusion in the European Union, which was mentioned by 21% of respondents, and Latvian athletes’ accomplishments, mentioned by 19% of respondents, do not come close in the eyes of Latvians.

Accomplishments in culture were mentioned by 13% of respondents. Only 5% of respondents said Latvia has had no major accomplishments in the past century.

Current unemployment level is an obstacle for reaching ‘dream land’

Residents were asked about their ‘dream land’ – what they imagine and think Latvia should change to become such a place. 57% of respondents mentioned that reduction of unemployment would help make Latvia a desirable destination. 44% believe Latvia would be a better place if tax burden was reduced.

Another important criterion mentioned by respondents is the freedom to receive quality healthcare (39%) and pensions, as well as better social guarantees and benefits (36%). Every fourth respondent said a major obstacle is Latvia’s corruption level, which should be reduced.

A similar opinion was told by respondents about the ability to receive good education and ensure a more beneficial business environment (17% and 16% respectively). Social changes are also considered a factor worth improving in Latvia. This includes improving relations among representatives of different nationalities and general attitude towards each other in the country.

Improvement of one’s lifestyle plays a major role as well

The coming of Latvia’s centenary affected Latvian respondents’ answers in regards to personal and national objectives. Although people’s opinions differ, generally the emphasis is noted for residents’ personal goals.

When asked about respondents’ personal goals for Latvia’s centenary, 17% expressed the desire to change their environment.14% of respondents mentioned wanting to improve the quality of their lives and health.

It should be said that 11% of respondents would like to deepen their knowledge of Latvia and its culture by exploring different historic, cultural and tourism-related locations and events. Every tenth respondent mentioned a commitment that is directly tied to the state and its holidays.

As many respondents mentioned wanting to perform changes to their career by finding new jobs or improving existing posts. It should be said that half of respondent do not feel the need for any specific commitments.

Centenary celebration – a duty for every self-respecting country

Finally, the survey also helped determine residents’ attitude towards celebration of the country’s centenary – most respondents view it as not only desirable but also much-needed.

Half of respondents admit any self-respecting country should celebrate the day of their foundation. Every third respondent mentioned that it offers an opportunity to increase Latvia’s international recognition. 29% believe that celebrating Latvia’s centenary would mean wasting taxpayers’ money, whereas 27% of respondents view the celebration of Latvia’s centenary is a way to consolidate Latvian residents.

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