Hi everyone !
Most of you all, my friends, wanted to hear from me more about Latvia. Some of you already know this country, some not. I am interested too in any country which I could learn through you. So, I will try read yours blogs as much as I can, and therefore find out more about your countries and cultures drawn by your's experience.
Some years ago I was studying English in London, Wimbledon school of English, where I met a lot of students from different countries around the world. Most of them were from China, Corea, Japan and France - and I’d like to say, this situation is very similar. I was learning more and more every day about England and other countries as well as my own. I was very glad for that short period there.
Also, I would like to thank you all for yours comments according to my posting again. I really like to read them and I learn from them a lot as well. In my further blogs I will try to answer to your questions step by step via my regular issues. I do not know will I have time enough for everything. We will see. So, just keep reading.
Now, in such a nice and sunny Friday afternoon, I would like to write about Latvia, where now is cold winter yet. Latvia as a country is very beautiful, with fantastic nature and strong culture. I promise, about this beautiful side of Latvia I will talk in some another blog...
So, for today I have a little bit of facts about living and working in Latvia. I believe that my country is excellent place where to go for holidays enjoy the culture and wildlife, but less good place for permanent living and working.
-> In Latvia live 2.27 million people and various statistic resources shows us, that about 300 thousands of Latvian has left their country, and live in different countries (mostly, Ireland, UK, US).
-> Average week salary in Latvia is about 75 Latvian Lats, that's about £ 85. But prices in Latvia in most positions are very similar to UK. By the way, experiment made by me show that in England with such salary to live is even easier than in Latvia (in this case I do not include payments for living place: rent, bills etc.).
-> EU statistic shows that corruption in Latvia is one of highest level in EU.
I just like this corruption definition: an action is corrupt when an individual uses a public position for private, usually pecuniary gain in a manner deemed unacceptable in that particular country’s political culture…
It is usually thing in Latvia when a government and party figures used their privileged position to get some benefits for them. What is more – number of them are not shamed at all to spend government money for their personal matters also.
-> Do you know that it is not very hard to get some information from government institution if you are payable (here I made some experiment as well; I tested how easy it is to get confidential information)? And sometimes you do not need even money…
-> And it is not a big deal to pay policeman and get free, if you, for example, driving car exceed speed. But what can we expect, if they earn just about £ 85 in a week.
-> I would like to say that leading power in Latvia limit people’s freedom as well. And of course, there is no escaping from fact, that even most of Latvia’s journalists are unable to write about what they know, because they are scared from influences from aside…
I'd like to compare my country with a wonderland – where everything is possible…if… :)
Well that’s all for today. I hope I did not sound too sad, because, actually I am not. I am patriot of my country, but I like truth. I do not like lies. And I wrote just facts, nothing else.
Next time I will write something positive and nice, for instance, about my hobbies. And here are some photos from capital city of Latvia (Riga), seaside and others.
Have a nice weekend.
See you tomorrow….
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