The preliminary data on Household Budget Survey have been summarized by Central Sttaistical Bureau on expenditures of private households in 2005.

In average per each member of household, the monthly expenditures in 2005 were Ls 128. The most consumer expenditures were in the households of cities – Ls 142 (in households of Riga – Ls 170), while the monthly consumer expenditures in rural households were considerably lower – Ls 99 per each member of household. It should be added that not all consumer expenditures were made in monetary terms. A cosiderable part, especially in rural areas, was made by the consumption of self-produced goods and other free benefits that make up expendituers in kind. The average amount of expenditures in kind per one household member were Ls 7,and Ls 10 in rural households.

In average in the country, consumers expenditures have grown in comparison to 2004 by 12%, or by Ls 14 per month, as to one household member.

A more rapid increase of consumer expenditures were observed in rural households – by 17%; the increase of consumer expenditures in the households of cities was 11%, and in the households of Riga by 12%.

Consumer expenditures of households (total monetary and in kind) in 2004 - 2005
average per household member, Ls.

All households



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2005/2004 (%)





The main consumption priority is expenditures for food (31%). A considerable share is being made up by expenditures for housing and communal services (12%), and transportation costs (12%). In total, the expenditures for food, housing maintenance, communal payments, transportation, as well as purchase of wearing apparel and footwear consisted 62% of all consumer expenditures.

The share of consumption expenses for food is one of the main internationally comparable indicators of material welfare. In comparison with our neighbour countries - food expenses made up 37% of household consumption expenditures in Lithuania, and the corresponding figure for Estonia was 27%.

When comparing consumption expenses amongst different social and economic groups, a conclusion might be drawn that the households of entrepreneurs and self-employed persons enjoy comparatively better living conditions, where consumption expenses are Ls 221 (in average per household member per month), as well as those of paid employees with Ls 134.

Structure of consumption expenses by social and economic groups
(per cent)


According to survey data, the highest level of consumption data was in the households of Riga (Ls 170 per household member) and the Riga region (Ls 130).The consumption expenses per household members in other regions were considerably lower.

In Latgale, where the consumption expenses of households were the lowest (Ls 97 per household member per month), the expenses for food ade up 39% of all consumption expenses, while in Riga this figure was only 26%. On the other hand, the households of Riga spent up to 8% of their consumption expenses for ercreation and culture measures, while this figure was about 5% in Zemgale and Latgale (4.8% in Zemgale, 5.4% in Latgale). Te share of consumption expenses was distributed in a comparatively similar manner by regions regarding the expenses spent for housing and related issues.

In order to provide characteristics of the level of consumption expenses in households of different state of well-being, groups of quintiles are being applied. They are being created by sorting all households in ascending order by income per household member and then dividing it into five equal parts. Each of them represents one-fifth, or 20% of households.

The consumption expenses of the most indigent 20% (1 quintile) of the households made up in average Ls68 per one household member per month. From their income, those households spent 39% for food, and 12% for housing. The household expenses of 1st quintile made up 53% of the average expenditure level of all households. In 20% most indigent households reside about 25.5% of the whole number of persons belonging to households in the country. At the same time, slightly more than one-third (36%) of the total number of children in all households reside in households of 1st quintile. On the other hand, the consumer expenditures of 20% of the most prosperous (5. quintile) households per household member were Ls245, exceeding the average figure by 1.9 times. About 17.8% of the total household population of the country reside within this quintile.

Consumption expenditures by quintile groups
(in average per household member per month, Ls)



Prepared by Household Budgets Statistics Section

Lidija Spārīte
Phone 7366998