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At the beginning of 2016 in Latvia there were 1 million 969 thousand residents. In 2015, population number reduced by 0.86 % or 17.1 thousand persons, while in 2014 population number declined by 0.77% or 15.4 thousand. 


In the 1st quarter of 2016 more than 366.0 thsd visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 1.6 % more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, the number of foreign visitors grew by 2.5 %, and the number of nights spent increased by 7.6 %.


Compared to March, in April 2016 the level of producer prices in the Latvian industry decreased by 0.1 %. The level of prices of both - products sold on the domestic market, as well as of exported products decreased by 0.1 %. The level of prices of goods exported to euro area countries dropped by 0.3 %, while the level of prices of products exported to non-euro area countries did not change.


New data have been published in sections: Producer prices; Enterprises finance; Population: Number and Change; Employment and unemployment; Crime and justice; Housing; Energy.


Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, in 2015 combined heat and power (CHP) plants produced 3 526.8 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity (17 % more than in 2014) comprising 63 % of the total volume of electricity generated in Latvia. Last year, 5 540.4 GWh of heat were produced in CHP plants – 72 % of the total heat produced in the country.


In the 1st quarter of 2016 in Latvia there were 889.2 thousand employed persons or 61.0 % of the total population aged 15–74.


In the 1st quarter of 2016 unemployment rate in Latvia accounted for 10.3 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate grew by 0.5 percentage points, while during the year the indicator rose by 0.1 percentage points. 


New data have been published in sections: Consumer prices; Health care and sport; Construction; Housing; Transport; Foreign trade in goods.


In 2015 52.8 % of population aged 16 or over contacted with family (relatives) thereof (by phone, e-mail, regular mail, social media, etc.) at least once a week (daily or every week (not every day)) – 7.5 percentage points more than in 2006 (45.3 %). Last year, 29.2 % of population got together (met face-to-face) with family at least once a week – 7.8 percentage points less than in 2006.


As compared to the corresponding period of 2015, in the 1st quarter of 2016 construction production (volume) reduced by 19 %, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices. Construction production at current prices accounted for 203.4 million euros.

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