CSB will conduct survey on population income and living conditions


On 1 February, Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) will launch annual survey on income and living conditions of Latvia population. Survey respondents will be asked about composition of their household, social and economic characteristics of household members, housing conditions, income, self-perceived health status, social exclusion and material deprivation as well as health status of adults and children in household.

This year survey will cover approximately 8 thousand households, which were selected with the help of simple random sampling. The CSB is asking respondents to be responsive, since the information they will provide characterises the living conditions of Latvia households the most precisely. The CSB guarantees confidentiality of the information provided, and the data acquired will be used solely in a summarised form.

Only the persons, which have received CSB letter, are invited to take part in the survey. Respondents will be able to complete electronic questionnaire on the CSB website – https://e.csb.gov.lv – from 1 to 14 February 2017. A toll-free assistance number +371 80000098 will be available from 1 to 14 February 2017 (8.30–17.00 o'clock), moreover any questions may be addressed to the e-mail address silc [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv.

If due to some reason respondent will not be able to complete electronic questionnaire, a CSB interviewer will contact respondents by phone or visit during the period from 1 to 30 June 2017. Before the interviewer’s visit or telephone interview respondents will receive a CSB letter informing about the planned date of the interview and contact information of the interviewer. Upon arrival, the interviewer will present his identity card with a photography.

Key results of Community Statistics on Income and Living Conditions 2016 survey

In 2015, household disposable income reached 417 euros per household member monthly (a rise of 7.6 %, compared to 2014). Compared to the increase recorded in previous years – 9.3 % in 2014 and 10.7 % in 2013 – the income growth rate has slowed down slightly.

Compared to 2014, in 2015 the most rapid income growth – of 10.6 % – was observed in the poorest households. In the richest households the annual income rise (comprising 5.7 %) was smaller than the national average.

The share of social transfers – pensions, benefits and other payments from the State budget – in the household disposable income reduced from 32.4 % in 2010 to 24.3 % in 2015.

In 2015, the size of allowances related to family and children increased by approximately one third.

Compared to other European Union (EU) Member States, the income inequality level in Latvia is high. However, income inequality has declined in 2015 – Gini coefficient constituted 34.5 %, which is 0.9 percentage points less than in 2014 (EU average – 31 %). In 2015 the income of 20 % of the richest population exceed that of 20 % of the poorest population 6.2 times, and in 2014 – 6.5 times (EU average – 5.2).

About the survey:

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

More information on the statistics is available in the CSB database –  Personal Income, Monetary Poverty and Income Inequality, Material Deprivation, Housing Conditions, Self-perceived Health Status, Composition of Households, Minimum Income Level and Social and Cultural Participation.


Media requests:
Sanda Rieksta
Information and Communication Section
E-mail: media [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone: +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
Phone: +371 67366609