Nearly half of Latvians indifferent to Independence Day

  • 2005-11-16
  • By TBT staff
RIGA - Approximately 40 percent of Latvia's population spend November 18, the nation's Independence Day, as just another day off, a survey by TNT Latvija pollster reported.

The national holiday is less popular among ethnic minorities and respondents with secondary education.

Twenty-two percent of polled residents said they would spend the day with their family and friends, while 20 percent of respondents said they were going to attend festive events. As many as 16 percent of respondents said they would watch Riga's public fire-work show, and 13 percent have decided to stay at home and watch TV programs dedicated to Latvia's Independence Day.

For some people, November 18 means only the requirement to fly the Latvian flag from their homes, the poll reported. Others, although the number is few, will spend an ordinary day at work.

The poll was conducted from October 27 - 30, surveying 500 people across Latvia aged 15 to 74.