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Election and Democracy
Latvia
Voter turnout in the national election54.6% (March 2019 or latest)
[29/36countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in the way democracy works36.0% (2013)
[19/26countries]
% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech33.2% (2010)
[7/25countries]
% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech4.1% (2010)
[23/25countries]
Politician
Latvia
Number of total seats in the Parliament100 (2017)
[34/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population51.01 (2017)
[5/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives100 (2017)
[33/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population51.01 (2017)
[4/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments16.0% (2017)
[32/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)23.1% (2017)
[20/35countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally83.7% (2010)
[1/25countries]
% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption62.0% (2016)
[9/25countries]
Political party and organization
Latvia
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government12.1% (2016)
[11/25countries]
Parliament
Latvia
% of those who have confidence in parliament12.5% (2008)
[30/30countries]
% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election10.7% (2016)
[20/25countries]
Political awareness
Latvia
% of those interested in politics (5 choices)61.8% (2016)
[16/24countries]
% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country33.8% (2016)
[21/25countries]
% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice76.0% (2016)
[1/25countries]
Political action
Latvia
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government78.1% (2016)
[22/25countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations73.5% (2016)
[22/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings30.2% (2016)
[25/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views50.0% (2016)
[25/25countries]
Government
Latvia
Public officials
Latvia
% of central government employees aged 55 years or older19.8% (2015)
[23/31countries]
% of those who trust in civil servants24.4% (2016)
[13/25countries]
% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption54.8% (2016)
[6/25countries]
% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years78.3% (2016)
[18/25countries]
Public finance
Latvia
General government expenditure, % of GDP37.0% (2015)
[29/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP35.8% (2015)
[27/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP-1.3% (2015)
[15/36countries]
General government gross debt, % of GDP40.8% (2015)
[30/35countries]
General government financial net worth (% of GDP)-18.0% (2015)
[12/33countries]
% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending89.1% (2016)
[1/25countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of total budget4.41% (2016)
[7/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of total budget5.80% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of total budget13.24% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of total budget1.45% (2016)
[16/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of total budget2.39% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of total budget10.04% (2016)
[30/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of total budget3.88% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of total budget14.70% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of total budget32.19% (2016)
[24/32countries]
General government expenditures for Defence, as % of GDP1.64% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for Public order and safety, as % of GDP2.16% (2016)
[4/32countries]
General government expenditures for economic affairs, as % of GDP4.92% (2016)
[8/32countries]
General government expenditures for Environment protection, as % of GDP0.54% (2016)
[22/32countries]
General government expenditures for Housing and community amenities, as % of GDP0.89% (2016)
[2/32countries]
General government expenditures for Health, as % of GDP3.73% (2016)
[31/32countries]
General government expenditures for Recreation, culture and religion, as % of GDP1.44% (2016)
[6/32countries]
General government expenditures for Education, as % of GDP5.47% (2016)
[12/32countries]
General government expenditures for Social protection, as % of GDP11.97% (2016)
[25/32countries]
Tax
Latvia
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)20.00% (2018)
[26/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)15 (2016)
[6/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)6.5% (2010)
[33/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)27.2% (2010)
[14/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)38.5% (2010)
[24/36countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes23.1% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes52.0% (2016)
[13/25countries]
% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes79.5% (2009)
[10/28countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes60.2% (2016)
[21/25countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society36.6% (2016)
[21/25countries]
Social security
Latvia
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)14.4% (2013)
[31/34countries]
% of those who are proud of their country in its social security system15.5% (2013)
[25/26countries]
% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions91.4% (2016)
[1/25countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old98.0% (2016)
[5/25countries]
% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old6.1% (2016)
[15/15countries]
% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people79.4% (2016)
[11/25countries]
% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people3.1% (2016)
[20/25countries]
% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people13.2% (2016)
[10/25countries]
% of those who think "government agencies should primarily provide help in everyday life for elderly people31.6% (2012)
[15/27countries]
% of those who think that the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of the help to elderly people55.0% (2012)
[18/27countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
[1/34countries]
% of those who think that 1-6 months of paid parental leave is necessary 5.8% (2012)
[22/27countries]
% of those who think that 7-12 months of paid parental leave is necessary 22.8% (2012)
[20/27countries]
% of those who think that 13-36 months of paid parental leave is necessary 64.6% (2012)
[3/27countries]
% of those who think that the government should pay for parental leave68.0% (2012)
[2/27countries]
% of those who think that the employer should pay for parental leave4.8% (2012)
[16/27countries]
% of those who think that both the government and the employer should pay for parental leave26.4% (2012)
[27/27countries]
% of those who think the employers should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age0.7% (2012)
[25/27countries]
% of those who think the family itself should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age50.4% (2012)
[14/27countries]
% of those who think the government/public funds should primarily cover the costs of childcare for children under school age48.9% (2012)
[13/27countries]
% of those who think government agencies should primarily provide childcare for children under school age20.9% (2012)
[16/27countries]
% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country21.2% (2010)
[4/25countries]
% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor7.1% (2009)
[24/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it84.7% (2016)
[9/25countries]
Law and Justice
Latvia
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free77.0% (2016)
[10/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)60.7% (2016)
[7/25countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)56.3% (2008)
[24/30countries]