These notes present selected country highlights from the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017 with a specific focus on digital trends among all themes covered.
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This note presents selected findings for Latvia based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2017.
Unemployment is still above 8% in Latvia and contributes to poverty, in part because many unemployed have been without a job for an extended period of time.
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Concerted efforts are necessary to ensure equal opportunities for all students throughout the education lifecycle, including through more generous and targeted grants for low-income students at vocational and tertiary education levels.
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Within a context of lower resources and higher health needs than in many OECD countries, Latvia’s health system delivers relatively efficient and effective care to the population, however, existing financial and geographical barriers to care are important drivers of unmet health care needs.
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Latvia faces high levels of income inequality and poverty. The tax and redistribution system only partially alleviates inequalities resulting from market incomes. Long-term unemployment and inadequate minimum social protection drive poverty among the working-age population.
Latvia’s economy is growing strongly. Driven by the recovery of exports and investment as well as strong private consumption, real GDP growth is expected to strengthen from 2% in 2016 to around 4% this year and next.
Etude économique de la Lettonie 2017
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Riga, on 15 September 2017 to present the 2017 Economic Survey of Latvia, alongside Mr. Arvils Ašeradens, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia.
La mise en œuvre réussie de réformes économiques a stimulé l'activité en Lettonie, ce qui s'est traduit par une forte croissance, une hausse des salaires et des finances publiques solides.