Editorial: Decrease in shrinkage Western Life

Drawn by Ott Vallik.
Drawn by Ott Vallik.

Although statistics show that the decline in the number of inhabitants in Lääne County is slowing down, it is not yet clear that the population will start to grow. However, there are reasons to rejoice in Lääne-Nigula and Vormsi rural municipalities, as their population increased last year. In Vormsi by as many as ten people, which is a considerable number in the case of a small rural municipality.

Probably no one can say that the decrease in the population of Haapsalu is slowing down and the growth of our rural municipalities is even growing. There were certainly those who moved from the capital to their summer homes during the emergency and, seeing that they were not very crazy, decided to stay in the country. But it is clear that the population grew precisely because of migration, because the natural increase is negative everywhere.

The leaders of both Haapsalu and Lääne-Nigula hope that this will be the first swallow that predicts a longer change. The mayor of Haapsalu, Urmas Sukles, believes that more people will move to Lääne County with the completion of the railway, and residents will be added to every point where the train stops. Whether this is just a dream or whether it will be the case, time will tell – design work is still underway on the railway.

A convenient connection to the capital could be one argument to create a home elsewhere, but is it a magic wand? Obviously, more is needed. For example, good schools and kindergartens and hobby education, because if the mother-father really goes to work by train and home, then the child would like to be placed in a school or kindergarten close to home. Or to the store, because who would like to drive every kilometer of milk or bread and bread after kilometers. Or good roads to drive along without fear of destroying the car. Or high-speed internet, which would also allow you to work in a forest village. In fact, the living space to move to.

There are things that local governments can do to attract new residents, but in some cases the hands of the local government remain short and the wallet thin. This is where the state should shoulder the shoulder.


Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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