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Residents’ sense of security in Latvia remains the lowest among Baltic States

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEstonian residents feel much safer than their neighbours in Latvia and Lithuania. On a scale of -100 to +100, Estonians consider their security at +11. Lithuanians consider their security at -6 and Latvians – at -10, according to data from Ergo Baltic States Security Index.

Compared with 2015, when Security Index was measured the last time, Estonians’ sense of security has increased. This applies to all security dimensions covered by the study – financial situation, employment, healthcare, crime and state security. The sense of insecurity of Lithuanian residents has increased in the past two years (from -4 to -6). Although Latvia’s Security Index has improved (from -12 to -10), residents there feel insecure the most.

Residents in all three Baltic States are frightened the least by crime and the possibility of being attacked. Unlike people in Lithuania and Latvia, Estonian residents feel sufficiently safe in a material and financial sense. In this dimension, Estonia’s Security Index is +17, Lithuania’s is -0.4 and Latvia’s is -8.

The biggest concerns for Baltic States citizens are associated with health and state security. Estonians consider threats to state security at -3, Lithuanians – at -20 and Latvians – at -26. For Estonians and Latvians, risks to state security were the largest in 2015. Lithuanians are now more concerned about this matter this year.

Latvian residents are worried the most about healthcare (-34). Lithuanians follow closely after with -31 and Estonians with -7.

Ergo Security Index analysed factors that affect the stability of people’s lives. «Indexes that describe satisfaction with life and dependence on one’s own abilities remain similar among Baltic States. On a scale of 1 to 10, Lithuania’s result is 6.81, Estonia’s and Latvia’s result is 6.61. Estonians and Lithuanians rate their ability to overcome life difficulties the highest. In Latvia, however, this index is lower,» representatives of the study explain.

The assessment of the material state, compared with 2014, has improved by a couple of percentage points in Baltic States: 53% of Latvian residents believe they are well-secured materially. 48% of Estonians and 47% Lithuanians are of the similar opinion.

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