Dmitry Sevastyanov in his blog completely dispelled one of the long-standing myths of the last 20 years, that the former republics of the Soviet Baltic live so poor that they are about to die because of hunger. In fact, the average salary in these countries is between 1,300 and 1,600 euros.
Of course, this myth appeals to the great-power complexes of Russian citizens, most of whom live in impenetrable poverty, and propaganda assures that the neighbors live even worse. But this is a lie, and for a very long time.
Disclosing the details, the blogger writes that the entire population of the Baltic countries is more than 6 million people: Estonia - 1.3 million people, Latvia - 1.9, Lithuania - 2.8.
Things are going so well in Latvia that it can afford to develop forestry: plant trees on a massive scale, getting wood from trees that have grown. This is in contrast to the "great gas Russia", in which forests are either cut down or burned.
In addition, the fastest ultralight aircraft in the world, Tarragon, are produced in Latvia.
And also - electrical engineering, computer components, wireless communications, 3D printers, electric motors and drones - all of which are in competitive demand in the global market.
In Estonia, the average salary is 1,500 euros, and the minimum salary is 550 euros, which is 35,000 rubles for Russian money - a good salary for 90% of Russians with gas and oil.
Lithuania is one of the 20 leading countries in terms of ease of doing business and investment reliability. The products of the chemical industry are exported, and besides, dairy products and furniture are traditionally good - all this is in demand in the EU countries.
Moreover, Lithuania is actively developing the production of medicines and medical equipment. But that's not all: Lithuanian companies were among the first in the world to transfer fundamental laser research into production and export laser technologies and devices to almost 100 countries, occupying up to 80% of the world market. The average salary in Lithuania reaches 1,600 euros!
These figures are confirmed by Nikolai Egorov, who lives in the capital of Estonia, Tallinn:
“A home loan in Estonia can be taken for up to 30 years. A home loan covers up to 80% of the cost of the purchased home. The average overpayment to the bank (depending on the loan term and the share of the total cost) is 1.5-3% per annum. A mortgage loan secured by the purchased housing has a higher percentage of overpayments to the bank - 4-6% per annum. For example, the current tariffs of SEB bank are taken.
My wife and I live in a one-room apartment with an area of 34.2 m2. Here is my utility bill for March, when I still have to pay for heating (the end of the heating season in April). We have a washing machine. Washing dishes by hand. Electric stove (old model). There is also a microwave, we use it a couple of times a day. The refrigerator is two-compartment.
Cold water and sewerage - 13.57 euros. The tariff is 2.08 euros per m3, we got 6,522 m3 per month. Hot water - 14.48 euros. The tariff is 4.45 euros per m3, it came out 3.19 m3 per month. Heating - 30.15 euros. The tariff is 0.922 euros per m2 of area. Lift - 0.55 euros. Garbage collection - 1.31 euros. Repair fund - 12.31 euros. The tariff is 0.63 euros per m2 of area. Electrician service - 2.8 euros. The rent is 10.88 euros. The tariff is 0.318 euros per m2 of area. ***
Vilnius resident Pavel Vishnevsky complements the post with his figures:
“I have 2 apartments in Vilnius and a house in the suburbs. Apartments - kopeck piece - about Brezhnevka in St. Petersburg - they even cost about the same. Since there is a similar apartment in St. Petersburg. 42 - 47 squares. Below is a communal apartment for one of them for July and February. 2 people live. Maintenance is added to the amounts in it - about 15-18 euros per month and 40 euros per year rubbish. There is no tax. No overhaul. Recently, prices have been steadily decreasing - for gas, for electricity this month. The prices themselves are higher than Russian ones, but the rent is still either less or the same as in St. Petersburg. Plus there are no hidden taxes, for example, in St. Petersburg I already have a major overhaul of 10% of the rent - they are really crazy there..."