Living Conditions Survey of the Baltic Region 1999
Socio-Economic/Monitoring Survey [hh/sems]
NORBALT Living Conditions Survey is a Fafo project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Norwegian Research Council.
The rapid economic and political changes during the last ten years have created a strong demand for information on living conditions in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Reliable data are required for the formulation of well-targeted social policies and will be used by local policy makers, private organisations and the international community. Through NORBALT I information on living-conditions was made available for all three Baltic countries in 1994. This was followed by NORBALT II, a follow up to this survey taking place in 1999.
The Living Conditions Survey within the NORBALT II project has entirely concrete aims: to provide data users with comparable, current and all embracing information of high quality. The survey programme is extensive. It includes the conditions of housing and of the place of residence, the composition of a household, the employment of its members, information about economical resources of a household and seld assessments of them, working conditions of the employed, the state of health of respondents, their attitude to crime and safety of a person in the society, about migration, attitudes, values and political views, and about social contacts among the members of the society. All this range of question is characteristic of the living conditions in the Scandinavian countries, and the obtained data are comparable to that of analogous surveys conducted in these countries.
Kind of Data
Sample survey data [ssd]
Unit of Analysis
Three units of analysis are used in the survey.
2.Individuals in the households
3.Randomly selected individuals (18 years of age and older)
The unit of analysis varies from one module to another and sometimes within a module.
The NORBALT surveys give updated and policy relevant information on living conditions in the three countries, with special focus on
- Poverty and economic resources
- Housing and residential environment
- The labour market (unemployment, working conditions)
- Social integration
- Health (contact with health institutions, coverage of medical insurance, private caretakers etc.)
- Crime and security
- Values and political views
- Social contacts among members of the society
Producers and sponsors
Center for International Studies
Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nordic Council of Ministers
Norwegian Research Council and Council of Universities
Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
Dates of Data Collection
Data Collection Mode
Data Collection Notes
Within the NORBALT II project, the Living Conditions Survey was simultaneously conducted in all three Baltic Countries in October 1999. In Latvia, 3081 households were surveyed.
An English questionnaire is available under external resources. The questionnaire administered in NORBALT II includes the following sections
A: Region, PSU and Household Number
B: Housing Conditions/Residential Environment
C: Household Roster & Labour Force (CL)
D: D: Economic Self-Assessment
F: Working Conditions
G: Health Condition
H: Crime, Security and Violence
K: Attitutes, Values and Political Views
L: Social Contacts
Use of the dataset must be acknowledged using a citation which would include:
- the Identification of the Primary Investigator
- the title of the survey (including country, acronym and year of implementation)
- the survey reference number
- the source and date of download
The user of the data acknowledges that the original collector of the data, the authorized distributor of the data, and the relevant funding agency bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.