Latvians only moderately satisfied with life

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Latvians are not generally thought of as wide-eyed optimists, even at the best of times, and such a view is generally supported by new data visualizations produced by Eurostat on the subject of life satisfaction.

Based on data from 2018, it seems Latvians are less satisfied with life than the European Union average. EU citizens give their level of life satisfaction a 7.3 out of 10. Latvians give it 6.7, but do at least manage to be a bit more upbeat than Bulgarians, who record the lowest level of life satisfaction on 5.4.

In contrast the Irish and Finnish are very satisfied with themselves, with both gaining an 8.1 score.

Breaking down the Latvian data, just 15.3% of Latvians say they are highly satisfied with life, 58.3% give life a medium rating and 26.4% say they are low.

Latvia life satisfaction ratings
Latvia life satisfaction ratings

Compared to the other Baltic states it will come as no surprise that, as is often the case, Latvia lies between the other two. The upbeat Estonians give themselves a 7.0 score and the Lithuanians a downbeat 6.4.

You can explore the full data via the link below. Housing, employment, education, health, safety, governance, and the environment are all covered as well as people’s use of time and social relations.


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