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Suicide rates among Baltic youngsters are the highest in Europe

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUSuicide rates among youngsters in Baltic States are the highest among European Union member states, according to results of a study on the welfare of youngsters in the Baltic States.

Almost every third youngster in Latvia and Estonia, as well as every fourth in Lithuania, say they have lasting health problems. 6% of Latvia and 11% of Estonian youngsters believe they have not been provided with appropriate healthcare. Additionally, more than a quarter of Latvian youngsters have postponed visiting a doctor to save money. 8% of Estonian youngsters have done this as well.

The study shows that Baltic youngsters are not particularly active practitioners of a healthy lifestyle. Every fourth youngster in Latvia and Lithuania, as well as every fifth one in Estonia, smokes.  Although youngsters in Baltic States consume alcohol less than youngsters in the EU on average, more of them have tried marijuana – 17% in Latvia, 18% in Lithuania and 25% in Estonia.

Baltic States also have highest suicide rates among EU member states. In Estonia, the suicide rate for youngsters aged 15-19 is 14 per 100,000 individuals. Lithuania’s index is 13 (and it is the second and third highest index), whereas Latvia’s index is 11. Suicide indexes are even higher for 20-24 age group: 24 per 100,000 in Lithuania, 16 in Latvia and 15 in Estonia.

Every fifth youngster in Estonia and Latvia is subjected to poverty risk, whereas in Lithuania this can be said for every fourth. Every fourth youngster in Latvia and Estonia is subjected to the risk of social exclusion. In Lithuania this risk is present for every third youngster. Additionally, every tenth youngster aged 18 to 24 says it is hard for their household to make ends meet.

90% believe there is serious tension between the rich and the poor in society, as well as different racial and ethnic groups. 93% of youngsters in Estonia, 88% in Lithuania and 73% in Latvia believe there is social tension due to sexual orientation.

Generally youngsters in Baltic States are less satisfied with their current quality of life when compared to the average in EU. In spite of that, the majority of youngsters in Baltic States are more optimistic about their future. However, there are also those with less chances of getting ahead in life – 33% in Lithuania, 24% in Latvia and 20% in Estonia. They are also generally of a similar mind about financial welfare – 47% in Lithuania, 41% in Latvia and 28% in Estonia are not very hopeful.

Unemployment indexes for youngsters in Baltic States are also below those in the EU – every tenth youngster in Lithuania and Estonia is unemployed, whereas in Latvia this applies to every fifth youngster. Approximately every tenth youngster in Baltic States neither works nor studies anywhere.


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