A third of Latvians oppose euro, shows survey

  • 2013-12-13
  • From wire reports, RIGA

Almost a third of Latvia's residents oppose the introduction of the euro in Latvia on Jan. 1, 2014, whereas 10.2 percent have no opinion, according to an opinion survey carried out at the Aptauja.lv website.

Around 17 percent of respondents said they fully approved of Latvia's accession to the euro zone. Latvia becomes the 18th country to join the euro.

A total of 32 percent said they completely opposed introduction of the euro in Latvia, whereas 22.11 percent tended to disapprove.

Therefore, 35 percent of respondents support Latvia's accession to the eurozone, whilst 54 percent disapprove of it, according to the results of the poll. 10 percent of respondents had no opinion.

The lowest support for the euro was observed in Latgale province, where 74 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the euro. The proportion in Vidzeme is 62 percent and in Kurzeme 55 percent.

56 percent of respondents from Zemgale support the euro, as do 49 percent in Riga and Riga Region.

The poll was carried out December 6 to December 12, surveying 785 residents.

The Aptauja.lv website was established on October 1 this year, it offers residents the opportunity to participate in various online public opinion surveys.