Easiest accessibility to public transport and grocery services
Results of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia allow concluding that, in 2012, households had the easiest accessibility to public transport (83.5%) and grocery services (80.7%). Survey data indicate that almost all households (96.3%) are using grocery and primary health care services.
One third (33.2%) of the households accessed primary health care services with difficulty.
Accessibility of various basic services in 2012 (per cent)
Share of households using the service
Households using the service are accessing it
With some difficulty
With great difficulty
Primary health care services
Compulsory school (Grades 1-9)
In 2012, households located in rural areas had the greatest difficulty in accessing banking services and primary health care services. Nevertheless 75.1% of the households situated in rural areas were using banking services, half (49.2%) of them accessed this service with difficulty. Moreover, 45.8% of the rural households faced difficulty in accessing primary health care services.
Share of households indicating difficulties in accessing basic services1; 2012(per cent)
In comparison with other regions of Latvia, the highest number of households accessing used services with difficulty was recorded in Vidzeme region – grocery services (30.7%), banking services (incl. internet bank) (36.6%), postal services (37.5%), and public transport (28.6%). Also the largest share (98%) of households using primary health care services was observed in Vidzeme; moreover, 42.5% of them accessed this service with difficulty.
Whereas the greatest number of households (20.9%), children of which were attending elementary school, was observed in Pierīga region. 29.5% of those households have mentioned that children (in grades 1-9) accessed compulsory school with difficulty.
The EU-SILC survey aimed at studying household evaluation of accessibility to basic services (i.e., grocery services, banking services (incl. internet banks), postal services, public transport, primary health care services), taking into account service provider business hours, location and access options, e.g., transport, roads, building facilities installed for people with disabilities etc. 18.1% of the households with children at school age (grades 1-9) were evaluating also accessibility of compulsory school.
Within the framework of the survey 6.5 thousand households were surveyed and 13 thousand persons aged 16 or over were interviewed.More information on EU-SILC 2012 has been published in the collection of statistical data “Income and living conditions in Latvia 2012" available on the CSB webpage.
Social Statistics Department
Income and Living Conditions Statistics Section
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1 Regards households using particular service.