Thelatest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at thebeginning of 2018 population of Latvia accounted for 1 million 934thousand, which is 15.7 thousand people fewer than a year ago.
Anothersurveyconducted in 2018 by the CSB,shows that the share of Latviaís population exposed to the risk ofpoverty grew by 1.2 percentage points from a year before to 446,000people.
CSBrepresentatives said that the monthly at-risk-of-poverty thresholdwent up to EUR 367 per one-person household (EUR 330 monthly in2016). In households consisting of two adults with two children agedunder 14 years the monthly at-risk-of-poverty threshold reached EUR770 in 2017(EUR 694 in 2016).

Drystatistics hides awful things. One forth of the population that isabout 400 thousand canít enjoy a normal life. According to thesurvey, the worst situation is in Latgale where 39.2 percent ofresidents live at-risk-of-poverty.

Thestriking fact is the largest at-risk-of-poverty rate fixed in largefamilies (couples with three or more children) (20.5 percent). Paradoxically how could a European state allow its children tostarve and deprive of hope for basic needs, such as food, clothes andgood education. The conclusion is disappointing: depriving people ofhope for normal life, the state authorities deprive Latvia of future.Thus, there is nothing surprising in population outflow.

Whatdoes all this mean? It means that Latvians are so poor, that theycanít think about something but food. They canít be fully engagedin political, cultural or other spheres of life. They are not capableto support their children or parents. They exist, not live. That isprobably the main reason for Latviansí political apathy.

Otherwisehow to explain the protracted process of government formation,social problems. The only sphere that flourishes is defence.Latvia is one of a handful of NATO countries that spends 2 percent on defence with more than 20 other members missing that goal.Thus, the government increases the defence spendings but does not pay enough attention to social problems.

Isit not a normalstate of affairs. The result may be devastating: there will be modernmilitary vehicles and equipment, but will be no one to serve in thearmed forces. Poor people have no desire to defend their poverty,they have NOTHING to defend.