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Study: young residents are positive about Latvia’s future

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn Baltic International Bank’s Latvian Barometer study, residents were asked about their opinion of the last decade and offer predictions for Latvia’s development in the next decade. Results show that residents view developments in the country based on their interests and competences, focusing more on events and topics important to them.

«Previously published study results showed people’s rising satisfaction with life – 63% of respondents provided an optimistic outlook (6-10). Compared to representatives of other professions, farmers were the most optimistic: 13% of interviewed farmers gave their satisfaction with life a score of 10, which is three to four times more than representatives of other professions. 30% of interviewed unemployed people and 24% of employed people are more negative. The average score they provided was 0 to 3,» study representatives say.

According to results of the study, accomplishments in sports were valued the most positively by residents, especially men – 30.7% of them were happy for Kristaps Porziņģis admission to NBA (17.6% of women), and 29.3% were happy for Māris Štrombergs winning gold at the Beijing Olympics (16.8% of women).

Study data also shows that there is a trend in residents’ responses – younger residents view sports events and accomplishments more positively. For example, Porziņģis’ accomplishments are praised by 18.1% of residents aged 65 to 75. The proportion of residents from 18 to 24 age group who praise his accomplishments reaches 34.7%. This trend is also observed in residents’ responses in regards to Štrombergs’ golden medal.

Looking at the sectors that have accomplished the most in the past decade, managers (42.9%) and farmers (48.7%), as well as professions in which technological development plays a major role. A trend observed last year has been noticed in this year’s study – ICT sector is considered the most successful industry by younger residents. Trade industry is also highly valued – specialists and officials mentioned this the most often (33.2%), as noted by study representatives.

Younger people become proud of living in Latvia

«When asked to mention what should happen in the next ten years for Latvian residents to say they are proud of their country, more than 54.7% of respondents mentioned reaching the average level of welfare in Europe. This opinion was mentioned the most often by farmers. More rarely residents mentioned changes like agricultural development (87.3%), and punishment of dishonest officials (74.8%). Better social support system was mentioned by people performing individual jobs (55.3%) and pensioners (53.8%),» as mentioned by Baltic International Bank’s representatives.

Looking at accomplishments and reasons why they would be uncomfortable being proud of them, 50.9% of Latvians mentioned everyday problems that make it difficult to see the good things, whereas representatives of other nationalities mentioned it less often (32.4%), according to study data.

Every second respondent mentioned an emphasis on negative news reported by mass media, especially for women (35.4%). It is worth mentioning that 12.8% of pensioners and 15.3% of unemployed people believe there is nothing to be proud of in Latvia, whereas younger residents (14.7%) are certain that there is nothing standing in the way of being proud of Latvia’s accomplishments.


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