Complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services and consumer regulations are stipulated by Annex No 3 to Cabinet Decision No 95 of April 8, 1991 (expired).

National Programme of Statistical Information approved by the Cabinet, authorises the Central Statistical Bureau to make the appropriate calculations each year. On 17 December 2013 the Cabinet adopted Regulations No 1474 “Regulations for National Programme of Statistical Information 2014”, where minimum consumer basket calculations in line with the methodology of 1991 is no longer included. From 2014 the CSB terminates calculation of subsistence minimum.

On December 10, 2013 informative report by the Ministry of Welfare "Proposals for Improvement of the Social Security System" were discussed in the Cabinet meeting. One of the primary tasks suggested setting a new level of minimum security in the country. A new minimum security level will serve as a point of reference for elaborating support and policy planning for population in Latvia.

Definitions

The complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services represents the amount of goods and services that meet the needs of the minimum level of living standards accepted by society. This is the minimum consumption standard the value of which varies according to changes in consumer prices.

Data availability

Dissemination format and Release calendar

Theme Reference period Actual release datesort icon Remarks
Subsistence minimum
  • November 2013
12.12.2013
Subsistence minimum
  • October 2013
13.11.2013
Subsistence minimum
  • September 2013
11.10.2013
Subsistence minimum
  • August 2013
12.09.2013
Subsistence minimum
  • July 2013
13.08.2013

From 2014 the CSB terminates calculation of subsistence minimum. Previously annual data were published on the ninth working day of January. Personal Income - annual data»

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Data collection

Survey method and source data

The material content and consumption norms within the complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services are fixed by Decision No.95 of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia dated 8 April 1991 “On the provision of indexation of cash income of the population” and represent food products (39 kinds of food products), non-food goods (109 commodities including durable goods) and services (26 items), the amount of which should ensure to an individual the minimum subsistence level. 4% of the total value of the “basket” are not identified and are attributed to other payments. The Central Statistical Bureau is not authorised to make any alterations in the structure of the basket or in the consumption normative.

In compliance with Decision No.95 of the Cabinet of Ministers, the minimum food consumer basket contains 10 combined groups of food products that are expressed in the primary product. In other words, in the above normative document the whole group of milk products is expressed in the whole milk equivalent; the group of bread products is expressed by converting these products into flour; the group of meat and meat products – by converting them into fresh meat, and so on. For various products the equivalent of the primary product differs considerably from the quantity obtained as a result of processing and frequently it can be lower than the quantity used up in production, for example, comparing milk and the amount of butter or cream manufactured from milk.

Statistical processing

Calculation methods

The value of the complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services is calculated on average per inhabitant of Latvia. The value of the complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services is not calculated in breakdown by sex, age or territorial division. This is why the basket contains footwear, clothing and other goods for individual consumption both for a child, a woman or a man so that each inhabitant could eventually make use of the consumption value of the unnecessary goods and services according to his or her personal needs and opinions.

Price recording in stores and markets of the representative commodity nomenclature is done on a monthly basis. (a more detailed description of price recording see in the descriptive part of the section “Prices and Consumption”. The value of the basket is obtained by multiplying the quantity in kind of goods and services by the average prices in the observed month and adding up the multiplication products.

Price recording in stores and markets of the representative commodity nomenclature is done on a monthly basis. The value of the basket is obtained by multiplying the quantity in kind of goods and services by the average prices in the observed month and adding up the multiplication products.

Data on the minimum consumer basket of goods and services are analysed by comparing calculation results with the data on previous periods. Price changes are carefully analysed by separate groups as well as their influence on total basket value is assessed.

Tables published in database:

  • II01. MINIMUM CONSUMER BASKET PER CAPITA BY MONTH, LVL (basing on methodology developed in 1991);
  • II01_E. MINIMUM CONSUMER BASKET PER CAPITA BY MONTH, EUR (basing on methodology developed in 1991);
  • II02. MINIMUM CONSUMER BASKET PER CAPITA BY QUARTER, LVL (basing on methodology developed in 1991);
  • II02_E. MINIMUM CONSUMER BASKET PER CAPITA BY QUARTER, EUR (basing on methodology developed in 1991);
  • IIG03. MONTHLY MINIMUM CONSUMER BASKET PER CAPITA, average annual indicators, LVL (basing on methodology developed in 1991);
  • IIG03_E. MONTHLY MINIMUM CONSUMER BASKET PER CAPITA, average annual indicators, EUR (basing on methodology developed in 1991)

prices of separate goods and services are not published.

Data revision

The published data are final and are not revised.

Comparability

Comparability over time

Data on complete minimum consumer basket of goods and services are available from 1991 to 2013.

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Last update

18.06.2014

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Explanation of symbols

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Magnitude zero

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Less than half of the unit employed

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Data not available or too uncertain for presentation

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Data not released for confidentiality reasons

If data are absolute numbers

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Magnitude zero