Maximus
Gene Zolotarev on how to destabilize the EU financial system. Andris Berzins
Vladimir Linderman aka Abel Edmunds Sprudzs Valdis Zatlers Aivars Lembergs Girts Valdis Kristovskis Maris Grinblats Guntars Krasts Alfreds Rubiks Sandra Kalniete Raivis Dzintars Algirdas Butkevicius Algirdas Paleckis Dalia Grybauskaite Kazimira Danute Prunskene Vytautas Landsbergis Rolandas Aksas Viktor Uspaskich Valdemar Tomasevski Leonidas Donskis Arturas Zuokas Edgar Savisaar Andrus Ansip
The current website developed by YWSolution Limited

Demographer: it is the last chance to stop the extinction of Latvia

Feb 21, 2013

Demographer: it is the last chance to stop the extinction of Latvia

RIGA - Latvia has only a few years to accelerate its birth rate and prevent the nation's extinction, demographer Ilmars Mezs said in an interview with the LNT television this morning.

If the birth rate does not increase significantly during the next three to five years, the situation will become critical, said Mezs. He explained that after this period, the number of women in fertile age will decrease and the nation will have to increase its birth rate to "African levels" to prevent the nation's extinction.

Mezs emphasized that the situation can be solved by lessening the risk of poverty for families with children. Unfortunately, the government and the Welfare Ministry have other priorities, said the demographer.

To increase the birth rate, Mezs proposes to raise the monthly untaxed minimum for families with children by 50 percent, introduce state-guaranteed mortgages to young families and improve access to kindergartens.

The demographer criticizes Latvia's bureaucracy, explaining that Latvian families can receive compensation for their medical and educational expenses, however, the administrative costs of the process are excessive and amount to 6 million lats (8.5 million euros), compared to 9 million lats that these families receive in compensation.

Mezs admitted that the current government has done more in terms of demography than the previous ones. However, it is still not enough and Latvia continues to allot the smallest amount of funds for demographic needs in the EU. A year ago, Mezs was predicting that only 300,000 Latvians would be living in Latvia by 2100. This morning, he was ready to upgrade his forecast by 3 percent, but this would hardly improve the situation much.

 MORE NEWS
  • Unexploded wartime bomb found ...
    On Thursday, an explosive was found in Vilnius Airport. It is believed to be an un...
  • Straujuma marks first 100 days...
    Zanda Kalnina-Lukasevica, leader of the Saeima group of Latvia’s Reform Part...
  • Summit to continue Eastern Par...
    On Thursday, April 24, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite will travel to Prag...
  • Critical Mass event set for Ma...
    Cyclists in Riga are planning to participate in the cycling event called "...
  • Vejonis wants investigation in...
    Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis has turned to law enforcement authori...
  • Troops regain control of Vilni...
    On April 23 residents and visitors to Vilnius will be able to observe a short e...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.