CSB launches survey on income and living conditions


From March till the end of June 2016, Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) will conduct survey on income and living conditions. The survey aims at obtaining comprehensive information on population income and living conditions, as well as on material deprivation, housing conditions, education and health. It has been planned that survey will cover 8 thousand households.

The survey questions will cover household composition and social and economic characteristics of the members thereof, housing conditions, income, self-perceived health status, social exclusion and material deprivation indicators, as well as additional questions concerning access to services. The CSB is asking residents to be responsive, as only the information provided by them can characterise the true living conditions thereof.

The survey engages residents, which have received CSB letter with a request to take part in a survey of 2016; the letter will indicate also planned time and date of the interview and interviewer contacts. To arrange more convenient time for face-to-face or telephone interview respondents are asked to contact interviewer by calling the number indicated in the letter. Both face-to-face and telephone interviews will be conducted by CSB interviewers. Upon arrival CSB interviewers will present CSB work certificate. The CSB guarantees confidentiality of the information provided.

Data acquired within the survey on income and living conditions will be used to calculate minimum income level. The data will serve as a base for benefits, allowances, tax relief, maintenance, etc. social guarantees, thus supporting the population with the lowest income.

Key results of 2015 annual survey on income and living conditions

In 2014, household disposable income reached EUR 387 per household member monthly (increase of 9.3 % over 2013).

The share of social transfers – pensions, benefits and other payments from budget – in household disposable income has went down from 32.4 % in 2010 to 24.8 % in 2014.

Compared to other European Union Member States, income inequality level in Latvia is high – in 2014 Latvian Gini coefficient was the second highest (35.4 %).

In 2014, 22.5 % of Latvian population were at risk of poverty. It is 1.3 percentage points more than in 2013, since, similarly as year before, growth in the income from labour was faster than increase in the income from pensions, allowances and other payments from budget.

In 2014, the risk of poverty among men was lower than one among women, whereas during the crisis period (2009 – 2011) women were less subjected to the risk of poverty than men.

At-risk-of-poverty rate among people aged 18–64 with primary or lower education constituted 34.4 %, among people with secondary education – 19.9 %, and with higher education – only 6.8 %.

About the survey on income and living conditions

European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey aims at providing comparable and systematically collectable information on various aspects that impact well-being of households and individuals. The survey is carried out on a regular basis in all European Union Member States, using a common methodology.

More information on the statistical data obtained in the EU-SILC is available in the CSB database sections Personal Income, Monetary Poverty and Income Inequality, Material Deprivation, Housing Conditions, Self-Perceived Health Status, Composition of households and Minimum Income Level.


Media requests:
Beate Danusēviča, Kristīne Romanovska
Information and Communication Section
media [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Tel: + 371 67366924, + 371 67366621, + 371 27880666


More information on data:
Income and Living Conditions Statistics Section
Viktors Veretjanovs
Viktors [dot] Veretjanovs [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Tel. +371 67366609