CSB will survey population on income and living conditions


On 1 February, Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) will launch annual population survey on income and living conditions (EU-SILC). Respondents will be asked about household composition, social and economic characteristics of household members, housing conditions, income, self-perceived health status, social exclusion and material deprivation indicators, as well as population well-being.

Only persons who have received CSB invitational letter are asked to take part in the survey. The persons participating in the survey repeatedly will have an option to complete questionnaire online on the CSB website https://e.csb.gov.lv from 1 to 14 February, authorising with electronic signature or Internet bank.CSB is inviting all respondents to complete electronic questionnaire.

In case any questions or uncertainties, please contact CSB consultant by the toll-free number +371 80008811 on working days from 10.00 to 18.00 o’clock or by e-mail address silc [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv.

The survey will be conducted until 30 June. CSB interviewers will contact respondents by phone or visit them face-to-face. Upon arrival, interviewer will show work certificate with a photo.


Key results of EU-SILC 2017 survey

Compared to 2015, household disposable income in 2016 increased by 4.9 %, reaching 437 euros per household member monthly.Compared to the increase recorded in the previous years – 7.6 % in 2015, 9.3 % in 2014 and 10.7 % in 2013 – the household income growth rate kept slowing down.

In 2016, household disposable income in urban areas increased by 4.2 %, reaching 467 euros monthly. In rural areas the indicator rose more sharply – by 6.7 %, reaching 372 euros monthly. Regional breakdown indicates notable differences in monthly household income per household member. The largest growth in household disposable income – of 7.2 % – was recorded in Pierīga region (478 euros monthly), while the lowest – of 1.8 % – in Kurzeme region (396 euros monthly). Income in Riga grew by 3.7 % (528 euros monthly), in Zemgale by 4.9 % (386 euros monthly), in Latgale by 5.6 % (300 euros monthly), and in Vidzeme by 6.7 % (366 euros monthly).

Compared to other European Union (EU) Member States, the income inequality level in Latvia remained high. Over the year, Latvian Gini coefficient did not change, constituting 34.5 % in 2016, whereas the average EU indicator amounted to 30.8 % in 2015.

In 2016, 425 thousand people or 22.1 % of Latvia population were at-risk-of-poverty – 0.3 percentage points more than in 2015. At-risk-of-poverty rate in households consisting of two adults with three or more children has dropped notably – from 25.5 % in 2015 to 19.8 % in 2016. Significantly lower at-risk-of-poverty was observed in households consisting two adults with one or two children – 13.4 % and 14.4 %, respectively.

About the survey:

EU-SILC survey annually is conducted in all EU Member States based on a common methodology. It aims at producing comparable information on various aspects influencing households and welfare of each individual. In 2018, CSB will conduct this survey for the 14th time.

This year, 8 thousand households, which were selected by random sampling method, will be interviewed. CSB is asking respondents to be responsive, since the information they will provide will characterise the real living conditions the most precisely. CSB guarantees confidentiality of the data and information provided and will publish the statistics produced only in summarised form.

More information on the survey results is available in the CSB database: Population income, Monetary poverty and income inequality, Material deprivation, Housing conditions, Self-perceived health status, Household composition, Minimum income level and Social and cultural participation.


Media requests:
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
E-mail: Viktors [dot] Veretjanovs [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
Phone: +371 67366609