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Retirement age in Latvia 

The ageing of people and the increase of the related state expenditure presents an essential challenge to all the EU Member States, also including Latvia. In order to minimise the expected future risks related to the ageing of people, the retirement age in Latvia will be gradually increased to 65 years.

As from 1 January 2014 the general retirement age will be gradually increased from 62 years by three month every year until reaching the age of 65 years. In 2017 the persons who have reached the age of 63 years and whose insurance period is at least 15 years are entitled to receive the old age pension.

When the retirement age is increased, the burden related to retired persons upon the state social insurance system is reduced, thus contributing to the financial sustainability of the special budget and the pension system.

We remind that retirement is an individual choice of the person - it is not obligatory to retire upon reaching the retirement age. One should bear in mind that the amount of pension depends not only on the insurance length and social insurance contributions made during it, but also on the age when the person retires.  The amount of pension is larger if person retires upon reaching the retirement age as stipulated in the state or even later. It can be explained by the fact that the amount of pension is calculated in proportion to the accrued capital when divided into the planned payment period of pension - average life expectancy after the retirement.  Accordingly, the later the person retires, the larger is the pension.