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Latvian residents: I need to feel safe to be happy

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSafety is the main criterion to ensure happiness for Latvian residents in their homes, according to results of a study by international real estate developer company Bonava on residence happiness index.

What is particularly interesting is that safety is the main factor mentioned by 81% of respondents in Latvia. Only 53% of them said they are provided with a feeling of safety. According to demographic indexes, safety is the most important criterion for women and respondents who are married. Importance of safety increases along with a person’s income – the higher the income the more important is the feeling of safety at home, according to study data.

Latvian residents note that their homes are located in a green environment (58%). 49% of residents are satisfied with the environment they live in. 40% of residents believe they are provided with living conditions that help them support a healthy lifestyle close to their home. Those were the most important criteria mentioned by Latvians in the happiness index.

Last year, Bonava group performed a large-scale study in eight countries to determine what makes people happy where they live. According to results of the study, Latvia has a relatively high life happiness index, reaching 72 out of 100 points. This means Latvians are mostly satisfied with the environment they live in. The highest happiness index is noted in Sweden (79 out of 100). The lowest is noted in Estonia (65 out of 100). Factors mentioned by residents that affect their sense of happiness include safety in their home and a friendly environment.

The proportion of people satisfied with their living conditions in other countries leaves Latvia second to last among the eight countries. As a comparison, the proportion of people satisfied with their level of safety is 72% in Sweden, 67% in Germany, 66% in Finland, 65% in Norway, 64% in Denmark and 62% in Estonia. Only Russia has an index lower than that of Latvia, according to study results.

Data shows that, after Russia, Latvia has the second lowest accessibility for trails and bicycle roads when compared with other countries. Latvia does, however, have the second highest index after Sweden in terms of green environment. Latvia and Russia share last place in relation to having an environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle.

The study was performed in the period between December 2016 and January 2017 in eight countries, in which Bonava works – Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Russia, Estonia and Latvia. A total of 1,000 respondents from each country took part in this study.

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