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Optimism about the future shoots up in Latvia

Optimism of Latvia’s population about the development of the overall situation in the country and their chances of finding a good job have risen steeply, with the respective indices rising by four points each, according to the latest DNB Latvia Barometer survey, reported BNS Thursday.

The bank’s spokeswoman, Teika Lapsa, told BNS that public sentiment had become more optimistic in most of the aspects covered by the survey. The indices reflecting the respondents’ perception of the financial position of their families and the economic situation in Latvia have both increased by two points.

At the same time, compared to last year pessimism has grown somewhat stronger as regards the changes in Latvia’s economic situation (down 3 points) and the government’s performance (down one point).

"It should be said, though, that the expectations about development of the economic situation over the next year have neither worsened nor improved,” Lapsa said.

In the second or the variable part of the Barometer survey, this time respondents were asked questions about important events in their lives and in Latvia in 2015, about the public figures deserving praise or criticism and, considering the developments in the EU, also about external and internal security matters.

DNB Banka conducts its monthly Barometer surveys to gauge the public opinion on current developments. The poll also includes a set of unchanging questions that are asked to pinpoint changes in the general mood of the public on the monthly basis.

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