Almost 60 percent of male citizens of Latvia, 80 percent of which are reservists of the National Armed Forces, would be ready to take up arms to protect Latvia, according to a survey conducted by research centre SKDS for the Defence Ministry.
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Meanwhile 27.9 percent of male citizens said they would not take up arms, and 13 percent had no opinion, according to information published on

Sixty-seven percent of Latvian-speaking male citizens said they would be willing to take up arms and protect Latvia. Forty-one percent of male citizens who speak Russian as mother tongue said they would do the same.

The study reveals that men aged between 17 and 25 would be more likely to take up arms to protect the country than any other age group, as well as men who have higher education.

Also, 34.4 percent of male residents who do not have Latvian citizenship said they would be willing to protect Latvia.

The study also reveals that 24 percent of women who live in Latvia would be ready to take up arms to protect the country.

The survey was conducted in November 2014. A total of 1,020 residents, aged between 17 and 74, were interviewed.

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