CSB will conduct survey on life-long learning of Latvia population


On 14 October 2016, Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) will launch Adult Education Survey that once in five years is conducted in all European Union Member States. The survey aims at acquiring comprehensive and internationally comparable information on participation of Latvia population aged 25–64 in life-long learning activities.

From 14 October to 4 November the respondents will be able to fill in the electronic questionnaire on the CSB website https://e.csb.gov.lv.During the time period, also a toll-free assistance number will be available – 80000098 (from 9.00 to 17.00 o'clock on working days). If the respondents will not able to fill in the electronic questionnaire, a CSB interviewer will contact them by phone or visit at home during the time period from 10 November 2016 to 31 January 2017.

It has been planned that within the framework of the survey 9 thousand persons aged 25–64, who were selected randomly by using the sample formation methodology, will be interviewed throughout the whole country. The respondents included in the sample have received a letter informing that the CSB is inviting them to take part in the survey.

The survey questions will be asked about the level of education respondents have successfully acquired, participation in formal and informal education, as well as daily learning activities taken place during the last 12 months.

The information obtained within the framework of the survey will serve to identify educational opportunities in various regions of the country and improve national adult education system. Common survey methodology in the whole European Union (EU) has been developed by the Eurostat (Adult Education Surveyhttp://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/microdata/adult-education-survey).

The previous Adult Education Survey in Latvia was conducted in 2011. The results thereof showed that 32 % of the population aged 25–64 participated in formal and non-formal education (on average in the EU 41 %). The greatest share of life-long learning participants was recorded in Sweden (72 %) and Estonia (50 %), while the number in Lithuania comprised 29 %. In Latvia females tend to take part in life-long learning activities more frequently than males – 37 % and 27 %, respectively.

Out of the total Latvia population participating in life-long learning 26 % studied social sciences, business and law, 15 % health and welfare, 13 % services, 11 % teacher training and education science, and 10 % humanities and arts. Engineering, manufacturing and construction was chosen by 8 % and science, mathematics and computing by 7 %.


Media requests:
Beate Danusēviča
Information and Communication Section
E-mail: media [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone: +371 67366924, +371 27880666


More information on the survey:
Anita Švarckopfa
Culture, Education, Science and Health Statistics Section
E-mail: Anita [dot] Svarckopfa [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone: +371 67366648