Most Latvians would defend their country

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The majority or 60 percent of Latvia's residents would be ready to defend their country against its enemies, according to the latest DNB Latvia Barometer survey, reported LETA Tuesday.

At the same time, 28 percent said they would not be ready to defend their country, and 12 percent did not have a definite opinion on the matter.

In total 74 percent of respondents consider themselves Latvian patriots, including 82 percent of the people with Latvian as the main language in their households.

While 62 percent of the people who mainly speak Russian at home consider themselves patriots. The number of patriots has risen by 7 percent from 2014.

Commenting on the results of the survey, Valts Kalnins, a researcher with Public Policy Center Providus, said: "There are 74 percent of respondents, who consider themselves Latvian patriots, whatever their idea of patriotism might be - adherence to the principles of the Constitution, affection for the Latvian traditions, Latvian landscape or something else. But not all patriots are prepared to defend Latvia against enemies - 60 percent would do that".

November 18, the Latvian Independence Day, is an annual reminder of the importance of patriotism, he said.

The DNB Latvia Barometer is carried out on a monthly basis. The survey is made up of two parts of poll questions - one that is constant and featured in every survey, and the other that deals with the latest developments in Latvia.

The latest survey was carried out by SKDS pollster on October 9-20 among 1,000 respondents aged 18-74 years across Latvia.

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