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Latvian barometer: Zemgale’s residents are the proudest of living in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWith Latvia’s centenary coming up, Baltic International Bank organized Latvian barometer to determine Latvian residents’ opinions on festivities associated with this event, as well as Latvia’s accomplishments and factors the country should improve. In the question about the dream land, the biggest differences among different age groups are found in the belief that good, internationally recognized education is the main obstacle on the road to ideal country.

It was determined that the biggest differences come up for topics important to each separate age group. Responses also helped identify characteristics unique for each region. For example, residents of Zemgale are the proudest among other residents to be living in Latvia. The majority of people who are not proud at all of living in Latvia come from Kurzeme.

Youngsters want Latvia to provide good and internationally recognized education

The focus on education was most often mentioned by respondents aged 24 (36%). Results show that most youngsters are interested in receiving high-quality education.

Middle-aged respondents are more worried about improving their existing career. Responses received from different age groups show that reduction of unemployment and improvement of job offer accessibility would improve the country’s achieve dream land status. This response was mentioned most often by respondents aged 45 to 63 (62%).

The freedom to receive quality healthcare, better pensions and support system were mentioned as the most important factors for future improvement of the country were mentioned the most often by older respondents (54 to 74). Healthcare is also the most important to residents of Riga, who mentioned it in 43% of responses. Among residents of Zemgale, healthcare was mentioned by only 28% of responses.

Restoration of independence was mentioned as the most important accomplishments by older Latvian residents

As part of the survey, resident were asked what they consider as Latvia’s biggest accomplishment in the past 100 years. Most often residents mentioned the restoration of independence as the country’s greatest accomplishment.

Among respondents aged 18 to 24 this answer was picked by every fourth person. In the next age group (25 to 34) the ratio of people who picked this answer is 37%. Freedom and restoration of independence was mentioned by 41% of respondents aged 35 to 54.

The situation is all but reversed when it comes to accomplishments in sports – the number of people who pick this topic as Latvia’s greatest accomplishments reduces as age of respondents goes up.

Accomplishments in culture were mentioned most often by respondents older than 64 years (17%). The number of respondents aged 25 to 34 who mentioned cultural accomplishments is much lower. Accomplishments in science are valued the most by young respondents, which proves that this field is topical for this age group.

Knowing Latvia and its culture – equally important for every age group

When asked about their commitments for Latvia’s centenary, the most notable differences were noted for responses regarding improving their living conditions. Answers from respondents aged 18 to 24 form 14% of all answers. Only every fourth respondent aged 45 to 54 mentioned the commitment to improve their living conditions.

Respondents from different age groups were nearly in agreement in regards to learning more about Latvia and its culture before the centenary. A look at responses from different regions reveals certain contrasts: residents in Riga and Zemgale mentioned plans to learn more about Latvia the most often (16% in both regions). The lowest number of respondents who mentioned that is found in Kurzeme (4%).

The opinion about festivities associated with Latvia’s centenary uniting residents also unites respondents from different age groups. The biggest differences of opinions are found about festivities being a waste of taxpayer money – 33% of respondents aged 45 to 63 agree with this, whereas the proportion of respondents aged 18 to 24 who agree with this is only 22%.

Interested nuances are noticed with responses from residents of different regions in Latvia. For example, residents of Vidzeme most often said that festivities of Latvia’s centenary are a good way to unite residents (38%). Residents of Kurzeme agree with this statement the least (19%). 39% of residents of Riga say it is important to make sure the centenary will help the country improve Latvia’s recognition on an international level.

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