46% of Latvian residents believe 2016 was a successful year for Latvia. In regards to 2017, more than two thirds of respondents said next year might be as equally as successful as 2016 if not more so.
As for personal benefits, multiple respondents said they expected accomplishments in family, relationships or love (41%) next year. Other responses mentioned hobbies or matters associated with spending free time (29%). According to respondents, it has been the hardest for them to achieve things in their career and spiritual growth. Such answers were rare, according to results of the Baltic International Bank’s barometer data for Latvia.
Because Latvian residents said they made the biggest accomplishments in personal life this year, more than half of respondents said what they wanted the most from 2017 was an increase of money in their wallet (72%) and improvement of their health (41%).
A look at the different desires of residents in different regions of Latvia shows that the desire for more money is expressed the most by residents in Zemgale (81%) and Latgale (76%). Resident in Vidzeme most often expressed the desire for better health. Residents in Riga most often mentioned the desire to go on a trip somewhere.
When asked to give their prediction for the coming year, only 7% of respondents said they were pessimistic about it. 40% of respondents said they were optimistic about the future. They expect 2017 to be more successful than 2016. 30% of respondents expect the next year to be similar to 2016. However, according to the study, similar level of optimism was noted for 2015, when 41% of respondents expressed similar optimistic expectations for the next year.
Looking at events that took place in 2016, respondents mentioned accomplishments in sports, including the accomplishments of Latvian Paralympic team in Rio de Janeiro (48%) and Kristaps Porzingis’ personal achievements in NBA (35%). Respondents also mentioned the strengthening of state defense (27%) as positive developments of 2016.
Residents in Riga (18%) and Vidzeme (7%) also mentioned Latvia’s joining OECD. Residents in Latgale mentioned looking forward to foreign investments (11%) and increase in exports (11%). Residents in Kurzeme most often said Latvia had no major accomplishments in 2016 (16%). (BNN/Business World Magazine)