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Location:
- in eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea;
- Neighbours: Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Belarus.

Climate:
- maritime climate with wet, moderate winters.

Macro indicators
* 2018 estimates
Surface:64,589km2
Population*:1.9million
Pop. density*:29.9people/km2
GDP*:29.5EUR billion
GDP/capita*:15,262.6EUR

European Union:
EU member, since 2004

Currency: Euro
Code: EUR
Since: 2014
- replaced Latvian lats (LVL)


Insurance market portfolio
* 2018 estimates
TOTAL LIFE*:19%
TOTAL NON-LIFE*:81%
Overall Property*:12%
Overall Motor*:32%


Sources:

 

STATISTICS: Latvia insurers' FY2023 business expanded to over EUR 1 billion

At the end of December 2023, Latvian insurers' aggregate GWP (local and EU branches, summed-up) totaled EUR 1.11 billion, up by 12.02% y-o-y, while the amount paid in claims and indemnities increased by 10.64% y-o-y to EUR 710.93 million, according to the quarterly figures published by the Central Bank (Latvijas Banka).




LATVIA: only a third of the sowing area is insured in Latvia

In Latvia, only a third of the sowing area is currently insured. Although the amount of insured land increased last year, farmers are still very reluctant to insure their fields. In addition, the past year caused great losses to agriculture precisely because of weather conditions, LSM.lv wrote.



STATISTICS: Latvian insurers posted double-digit increase in nine months business

According to the Q3 2023 market data published by the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK), in terms of premiums, the Latvian insurance market totaled EUR 836.4 million at the end of September 2023, about 13.4% more y-o-y. There were 4 non-life insurance companies and 2 life insurance companies operating in Latvia, as well as 11 branches of foreign insurers (7 non-life & 4 life).




STATISTICS: Latvia 1H2023 insurers' business expanded to EUR 562 million

Latvian insurers' January-June 2023 aggregate GWP (local and EU branches, summed-up) expanded by 15% to almost EUR 562.3 million, while the amount paid claims and indemnities increased by 6.6% y-o-y to EUR 343 million, according to the half-year figures published by The Financial and Capital Market Commission of Latvia (FKTK).

Of total GWP, branches of EU insurers generated 35.6% - EUR 200 million, or 9.2% more y-o-y, the remaining EUR 362 million +~18% y-o-y being generated by the local insurers. According to FKTK half-year report, at the end of June 2022, there were 4 non-life insurance companies and 2 life insurance companies operating in Latvia, as well as 11 branches of foreign insurers (7 non-life and 4 life units).

In terms of GWP, the largest life insurer in the country is SEB Life and Pension Baltic SE (GWP of EUR 45.8 million, 3.4% market share), while BTA Baltic Insurance Company led the non-life ranking with GWP worth EUR 148 million or 32.9% market share.

Access xprimm.com database and download the H12023 Latvian insurance market statistics: GWP/claims portfolio and life/non-life rankings.


STATISTICS: Latvia insurers' Q1 business increased to almost EUR 300 million

At the end of March 2023, Latvian insurers' aggregate GWP (local and EU branches, summed-up) totaled EUR 295.43 million, up by 16.92% y-o-y, while the amount paid in claims and indemnities increased by 1.74% y-o-y to EUR 177.61 million, according to the quarterly figures published by The Financial and Capital Market Commission of Latvia (FKTK).





LATVIA: Last year, the largest number of insurance disputes received by the LAA ombudsman were on Motor Hull

In 2022, the ombudsman of the Latvian Insurers' Association (LAA) received 35 customer complaints about insurance services and the largest number of them were about Motor Hull, while in 2021 most complaints were submitted about property insurance. Total number of complaints in 2022 compared to 2021 has increased very slightly (35 vs 32), Latvian Insurers' Association (LAA) reports.