Government Budget 100% open


What data is expected?

National government budget at a high level, that is the planned government expenditure for the upcoming year, and not the actual expenditure. Open budget data allows for well-informed publics: showing where money is spent on, how public funds develop over time, and why certain activities are funded. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.

  • Budget per government department
  • Budget per sub-department
  • Descriptions for budget sections

How open is the data?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 1

Data format


Data licence


Data Location

  • - the main page for Latvia State budget
  • - Latvia State budget 2017 (main page)
  • - detailed 2017 budget file (XLS)
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced Yes TO REVIEWER: The State budget is intended to be open and there are no copyrights or patents covering it. The webpage does not contain an official statement that it is public domain.
    Downloadable at once Yes Detailed State budget is located in a
    Up-to-date Yes
    Publicly available Yes
    Available free of charge Yes
    In an open and machine-readable format XLS Detailed budget information is contained in its appendices (XLS files), in particular in the Appendix 4. Note: the budget page shows incorrect file type icons. Appendices are XLS files even though the icons can make one think that those are PDF files.
    findable 4
    findable_steps Entered words "valsts budžets" in a search engine and clicked the first result.
    licence_url -
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 1 The state budget is published as semi-structured XLS files (cell text indentation level shows budget entry hierarchy, not entirely machine-readable). I am uncertain if to rate the dataset usability as 1 or 2. The difficulty in using these files is that cell indention is Excel formatting feature and it can be lost when converting to other formats using open source tools. Without this information the budget file is useless.
    collector_name Latvijas Republikas Finanšu ministrija
    characteristics Budget per government department, Budget per sub-department, Descriptions for budget sections I am not sure how to evaluate if there are descriptions for budget sections. Every budget entry (spreadsheet line) has a title which can be viewed as a description.
    location - the main page for Latvia State budget, - Latvia State budget 2017 (main page), - detailed 2017 budget file (XLS) To get to detailed state budget files (from Latvia State budget 2017 page) see "4.pielikums" for the main budget and "5.pielikums" for the special / social insurance fund budget.

    Reviewer comments


    Meta data

    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Anna Alberts
    Submitters   anonymous
    Last modified   Tue Dec 13 2016 19:45:44 GMT+0000 (UTC)