Social Report paints troubling picture

  • 1999-10-21
  • By Blake Lambert
RIGA - For many Latvians, a declining birth rate, a relatively high unemployment rate, climbing taxes and a tuberculosis epidemic do not constitute reason to throw a party.Yet such a celebration was held Oct. 18 to mark the release of the 1999 Social Report by the Ministry of Welfare.More than 50 people, including ambassadors, government bureaucrats and journalists sipped champagne after ministry officials were congratulated for producing a thick report that chronicles many of Latvia's problems in health care, employment and social services."Sometimes in life you have to stop and think abou...
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