Survey: Latvians still donate to Ukraine

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The donating activity of Latvian residents to Ukraine and refugee support has not decreased over the last year, according to data published on May 19 from the survey conducted by the market and public opinion study center SKDS and newswire LETA.

The data also shows that Latvians constitute the largest share of donors, but the activity of donating by Latvian residents of other nationalities has also increased.

In the survey, 41.9% of respondents indicated that they had donated to support Ukrainian or war refugees (39.2% last April).

56.3% of Latvian nationality survey participants made donations and 21.3% other nationality respondents had done so. Compared to the survey conducted a year ago - a few months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine - the proportion of Latvians who have donated has increased by 3.1 percentage points and the other nationalities by 2.5 percentage points.

The most active donors are the population aged 25 to 34 – almost 54%, followed by the population of Latvia aged 18-24 at 51%. Over 50% of donors have higher education.

The biggest donation activity across regions was among the population of the Rīga vicinity and Vidzeme, whereas the smallest – in Latgale.

Similarly, over the course of the year, the proportion of people who, for political reasons, have refused to purchase certain goods because of the country of production or because the producer has not ceased to cooperate with Russia, has grown. 31.7% of the respondents indicated such action, which is 5.2 percentage points more than a year ago.

The survey was conducted in April 2023 and more than 1,000 permanent residents of Latvia participated. 


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