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28% of Latvia population content with their welfare

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Majority of Latvia’s residents recognizes that their own and their family’s well-being is unsatisfactory at present; however, nearly one-third or 28% of the surveyed are satisfied with their living conditions.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUJust as many are convinced the situation will improve in the next decade. However, the bulk of respondents admit they are unable to predict what will happen in the future; therefore, 36% find it difficult to assess the possible welfare state changes in the next ten years, indicates DnB NORD Latvijas barometrs data.

When asked to evaluate their own personal well-being, compared to that of foreign countries’ citizens, respondents consider it closely resembles the CIS (17%) and Africa’s counties (17%) level. People believe Latvia’s overall welfare state is similar to it. 14% of the surveyed admit their living conditions are similar to the overall Eastern Europe level (14%), while one-fourth of the respondents could not compare themselves to any country in the world. Moreover, although among 110 countries worldwide Latvia’s welfare level ranks at relatively high 47th place in line with the internationally compiled index, people rated it lower than it actually is – 49% think that Latvia would place 85th in this index; yet, the average indicator is 81st place.

In attempts to assess what factors threaten the Latvian economic wellfare, respondents convincingly ranked employable population decline in the first place (72%), while regarding poor state administration (62%), lack of focused national development strategy (46%) and unfavourable business environment (44%) as substantial factors.

At the same time, residents rely on the government’s decisions as the key factor to improve Latvia’s prosperity in the next five years (64%). Only 17% of the surveyed believe that businessmen will be able to assist the Latvian economy, but even fewer respondents (10%) admit that the state’s welfare depends on their own actions.

A similar trend is confirmed by the respondents’ ratings on the fact that they will have to live more modest for the sake of future growth. Although it is often said the population should hold common cause and be prepared to accept the government’s decisions creating certain difficulties, but giving hope for faster growth in the nearest future, three-quarters (75%) of the respondents oppose such decisions and are not willing to sacrifice their own or their family’s well-being in favour of the state. Only 15% of the surveyed population are willing to contribute to the state’s development in this way.

 


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  1. Ruth.lt says:

    Some misconceptions about welfare level…

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