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Quality of Life in Latvia is not a priority

Submitted by Viktors Domburs…

Four presidents, 14 governments and eight Seimas have changed in Latvia over the past 20 years. The country joined the European Union and NATO, and then switched to the euro. But have Latvians become better off? Has their quality of life improved? Statistics shows that the general well-being of population remains very low. Political turbulence only worsens the situation.

Thus, according to portal, one of the largest databases on the cost of living and quality of life worldwide, Lithuania and Latvia are the worst Nordic countries for quality of life.

Quality of Life Index by Country 2019

The leaders of the rating are Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Latvia showed the lowest result, the quality of life index here is 149.15 points. In Lithuania, the result is slightly higher – 156.36 points.
Numbeo experts took into account the purchasing power of the population, safety, health care, the cost of living and some other factors.

It is noted that the world ranking of countries for the quality of life is led by Denmark, Switzerland and Finland. Estonia took 11th place, Lithuania – 29th, and Latvia – 34th.

The more so, experts said that the proportion of shadow economy in Latvia rose by 2.2 percentage point last year to 24.2 percent.

The shadow economy proportion in Latvia has risen for the past two years in a row.

EU-SILC survey gives another frightening indicator. According to, Latvia, as well as Estonia and Lithuania are top three EU countries in terms of poverty risk among pensioners.

Political and economic short-sightedness has lead to the state when the Baltic States have become the first battlefield in case of war between NATO and Russia.

The United States is preparing for the use of nuclear weapons in Europe along with non-nuclear countries, said Vladimir Ermakov, director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Experts point out that military airfields in the Baltic States and Poland have already been prepared to receive NATO aircraft that can carry tactical nuclear weapons. If take his words seriously, this means the end of the Baltic States’ existence.

The behavior of the authorities guaranteed Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia the status of the first battlefield, despite the fact that in the event of war, economy would be completely destroyed and population would disappear.

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May 19, 2019

Funnily enough, an ex employee of mine called round today. He is a Latvian who works in the UK for about 8 months of the year. He is an ethnic Russian who has a wife and son on the Russian border. He was saying that his experience of the Soviet times are positive and happy ones. He is about 57 now. He recalls the halcyon days when his flat was free, all heating and power cost about the equivalent of £6 per month, nursery, main school, and further education were all free, healthcare was free, jobs were plentiful, annual holidays… Read more »

Reply to  FlorianGeyer
May 24, 2019

Yes, on Society time everyone had the same sofa, the same tables and the same bread, the same clothes. Salary was poor,nut you didn’t needed a lot of money, because everything what factories in Latvia made, was sended out, to Russia. How many family’s were destroyed with their hands? And not only on Latvia’s side, also on Russian side! Your worker have Russian education, the old thinking. He belongs to Russia. Then why he is working in UK, not in Russia? Darling, you know only one side of all story, he’s side. Talk with real Latvian people. Then you can… Read more »

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