Demographic Change and Regional Impacts

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Eduprof Expertmeeting 14-15 April 2011 Groningen.

Workshop Demographic Change

General introduction by Janis Grasis of Banky Augstskola, Latvia

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Demographic Change and Regional Impacts

  1. 1. Demographic Change and Regional Impacts EDUPROF meeting April 14&15, 2011 Groningen [email_address]
  2. 2. Basic facts on Latvia <ul><li>Area: 64. 6 thousands. sq. km </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 2, 25 million (February, 2010) . </li></ul><ul><li>Capital: Riga , Population 7 17 thousands . </li></ul><ul><li>Major cities: </li></ul><ul><li>Daugavpils ( ~ 11 5 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Liepaja ( ~ 8 9 ) </li></ul><ul><li>Jelgava ( ~63 ) </li></ul><ul><li>J ū rmala ( ~ 5 6 ) </li></ul><ul><li>(Last Census of Population - 2000 Census) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Map of Latvia
  4. 4. Current Census <ul><li>Population and Housing Census is carried out from March 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011. </li></ul><ul><li>I nformation will be collected in respect to the situation on March 1, 2011. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Current Census I <ul><li>This is the first Population and Housing Census after European Union (EU) accession and since the limitations of the workforce mobility in EU were abolished. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Population decline <ul><li>International migration is negative: every month we are loosing 500 – 1000 persons </li></ul>
  7. 7. Average salaries by regions in Latvia (12.2010) <ul><li>Riga – 556 Lats (794 Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>Kurzeme – 403 Lats (575 Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>Zemgale – 381 Lats (544 Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>Vidzeme – 359 Lats (512 Euros) </li></ul><ul><li>Latgale – 328 Lats (468 Euros) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Policies in Latvia <ul><li>National Development plan (2007 – 2013) </li></ul><ul><li>Latvia 2030 </li></ul><ul><li>In both plans: everything for the people; policentric development of the country (7 – 10 regional centers) </li></ul>
  9. 9. The biggest problems in Latvia <ul><li>Demographic situation and depopulation of the particular regions </li></ul>
  10. 10. Demographic Council <ul><li>Consists of: PM, Members of Parliament (Saeima), ministers, representatives of NGO and experts </li></ul>
  11. 11. BA School of Business and Finance <ul><li>4 academic departments: </li></ul><ul><li>1) Business and Business Informatics </li></ul><ul><li>2) Management </li></ul><ul><li>3) Finance </li></ul><ul><li>4) Foreign languages </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thanks for the attention! Any questions?

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