Study: young res­i­dents are pos­i­tive about Latvia’s fu­ture

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In 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.

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