Public health and Covid-19 in Latvia

Healthcare in Latvia

Healthcare in Latvia is slightly above average in a global comparison.
Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in Latvia is 70.9 years for men and 80.1 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 2.7 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).
A total of 1,166.80 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 6.6% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).
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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in Latvia

Current incidence in the week ending 11/30/2022: 157.3 new infections per 100,000 population
Since the beginning of the pandemic until November 30th, 2022, a total of 963,451 infected people and 6,091 deaths have been reported in Latvia.
The total of 963,451 infected people currently represents 50.50% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding November 30th, 2022, was 3,001, for a 7-day incidence of 157.3 cases per 100,000 population. In the same week, seven people died from (or with) Covid-19. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.6 percent in Latvia.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 2.89 million vaccine doses have been administered as of October 30th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 1.30 million people have received at least one vaccination (68.3%). The booster vaccination was received by 547,938 people (28.7%).
1.27 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in Latvia (= 66.7%).
This means that Latvia is only in the middle of the field in terms of vaccination coverage. The vaccination rate is higher in 96 countries.
Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height180 cm168 cm
Weight87.9 kg74.5 kg


LatviaØ worldwide
Diabetes *5.00%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.06%0.03%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

LatviaØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.09%0.08%
DTP *9.40%8.21%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.

In Latvia, 37.0% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
5 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in LatviaThe medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in Latvia is above average and also exceeds the average achieved in the EU countries. The country provides 5.5 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.
With about 6,020 physicians in Latvia, there are about 3.19 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.
Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 22 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently die.

Supply with drinking water

About 96 percent of the population has access to an immediately available, running drinking water supply. At least via springs and wells within a maximum distance of 30 minutes or supplied water, 99% of the population is supplied with largely clean drinking water. The population is thus better served than average. In a global comparison, only about 74% of the population has direct access to tested and always available drinking water. Within the European Union, this share is 98%. Only in a few countries does the proportion fall below 10%.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 125 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?