9 352 women named Ieva and 191 men named Ādams will celebrate their Name day on Christmas Eve

22.12.2016

According to data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), 14 572 residents celebrated their birthdays during Christmas in 2015 – 5 051 of them had their birthday on the Day before Christmas, 4 852 – on the Day of Christmas and 4 669 – on the Second Day of Christmas. On 24 December 2016, 9 352 women named Ieva and 191 men named Ādams will celebrate their Name day.

In 2015, 39 new-borns were born on the Day before Christmas, 38 people were born on the First Day of Christmas, whereas 48 babies were born on the Second Day of Christmas. The largest number of babies born on the Day before Christmas was registered in 2007, when 59 new-borns were born. The largest number of babies born on Christmas Day was registered in 2014 (57), whereas on the Second Day of Christmas – in 2012 (58).

Exports of Christmas trees has been exceeding the imports thereof since 2007. In 2015, Latvia exported 19.6 thousand Christmas trees in the value of EUR 215.9 thousand, whereas it imported 3.8 thousand Christmas trees in the value of EUR 17.4 thousand. As compared to 2014, the number of Christmas trees exported grew by 8 %, however, the value of exports decreased by 13 %. All of the Christmas trees exported in 2015 went to Russia.

Despite the large demand for toys during Christmas, the import trends thereof differ during the year. In 2015, Latvia imported plastic construction sets in the value of EUR 6.8 million. They were mainly imported from the Czech Republic (74 % of total imports), Lithuania (14 %) and Poland (5 %). There was a slight drop in the imports of plastic construction sets in contrast to the growing trend of recent years. Stuffed toys were imported in the value of EUR 2.8 million over the previous year, coming from China (33 % of total imports), Estonia (22 %), Lithuania (16 %), Germany (9 %) and other countries. The value of doll imports amounted to EUR 2 million in 2015, and they were mainly imported from Estonia (52 %), Czech Republic (14 %), Lithuania (12 %), China (6 %) and Germany (6 %).

During the previous year, Latvia imported Christmas tree lights in the value of EUR 1.9 million. The highest import indicators were observed in October, when imports of Christmas tree lights reached EUR 834.9 thousand, which was almost four times more than in November (EUR 218.3 thousand).

An infographic containing more detailed statistical information is available on the CSB website: www.csb.gov.lv/christmas_2016.

 

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