Categories: Latvia in review

Riga Named the Best for a Christmas Minibreak

Riga Named the Best for a Christmas Minibreak Forget Munich’s cosy beer halls and Lille’s dazzling light displays — Riga, the capital of Latvia, has been named the number one European city for a Christmas Minibreak in 2017, Business Insider reports. Post Office Travel Money named Riga the best-value city break for a Christmas shopping weekend — and it’s pretty festive […]

Regional Concert Halls

During the past few years, Latvia has become richer because of world-class acoustic regional concert halls in Cēsis, Rēzekne, Liepāja and Jūrmala. Cēsis Concert Hall The Cēsis Concert Hall opened its doors in May 2014, and it features concerts by top-level musicians, professional theatrical performances, art exhibitions and film screenings. It has welcomed universally renowned musicians such […]

European Choir Games 2017 in Latvia

European Choir Games 2017 in Latvia Latvia is known as the land that sings and there are many reasons why! From the folksongs Dainas and the Latvian Nationwide Song Celebration both recognized by UNESCO to ‘the Singing Revolution’ during the last years of Soviet Union and numerous choirs and musicians that have built international reputation. […]

The European Region of Gastronomy 2017

The European Region of Gastronomy 2017 Latvia’s gastronomy may have been influenced by Germans, Swedes, Poles and Russians, but if we look at national celebrations, then we see one very unique aspect of the past that is still with us – Latvians like to be in contact with nature and to produce and prepare food […]

Teenager Sets Up Company that Draws Global Attention

Elviss Straupenieks graduated from Rainis 6th High School in Liepāja this year, but unlike other graduates, he is just 17 years old and already running his own business – Elviss is the founder, owner, and head of the AirBoard startup. AirBoard is the world’s smallest manned aircraft. “It’s like a flying Segway. That is, it […]

Latvia Becomes Fastest Growing Innovator in EU

According to the European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the Innobarometer of the European Comission, Latvia has become the “fastest growing innovator”. EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the U.S., and Sweden is once rated as the top EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. In selected […]

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Statement by the Foreign Ministry Concerning the Results of the Referendum in the United Kingdom

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets the outcome of the United Kingdom’s European Union membership referendum. The United Kingdom will remain an important ally and international partner to Latvia. Close relations will be maintained including in foreign affairs and security policy. In the near future, negotiations must begin concerning the conditions on which the United […]

Vividly to Represent Latvia at the Creative Business Cup

In the national finals of the Creative Business Cup, where four companies competed against one another to represent Latvia at the world’s leading competition for creative industries, the companyVividly came out on top. Vividly, which offers virtual reality solutions in architecture, will represent Latvia at the Creative Business Cup in Copenhagen this fall. 16 Latvian creative industries […]

Latvian Economy after Brexit

There are no direct indications that the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU would have a long-lasting impact on the economy and financial markets, said Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President of the European Commission, as reported by Latvian Radio. Mr Dombrovskis told Latvian Radio that instability in financial markets was only to be expected following the vote. “However, […]

NATO Secretary General commends Latvia’s role in strengthening shared security

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the new Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis in his first visit to NATO Headquarters on Thursday (17 March 2016). Speaking at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Kučinskis, Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Latvia for its contributions to Allied security and stressed that “NATO is strongly committed to Latvia”. The […]

BBC World Questions: Europe and Latvia

The BBC World Service is holding a series of debates across Europe as the continent grapples with the big issues of migration, the economy and security. The Baltic countries are experiencing challenges and opportunities. In this edition of BBC World Questions, Jonathan Dimbleby invited members of the public in Riga, Latvia, to put questions about how […]

Aija Jasuna Opens Her Exhibition ”Feelings…”

We are proud to announce that our member the artist Aija Jasuna opens her exhibition ”Feelings…”’at the Wellton Terrace Design hotel, Riga, Dzirnavu street 2. LOCATION: Wellton Terrace Design Hotel reception Address: 2 Dzirnavu Street, Riga ABOUT THE ARTIST Aija Jasuna has graduation the State Arts Academy, department of Interior and Design. She is a member […]

Raimonds Vējonis Becomes President of Latvia

  On July 8 the new President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis delivered his Presidential Oath of Office in the Latvian Parliament, thus officially taking office from his predecessor Andris Bērziņš. “I swear that all of my work will be dedicated to the welfare of the people of Latvia. I will do everything in my power […]

Tikšanās ar A/S “Laima” pārstāvi Tullow, Carlow, Droghedā un Dublinā 7-9 Maijs

Īrijas Latvijas Tirdzniecības kamera (ILCC) un Leinster Latviešu Biedrība (LELAB) piedāvā lielisku iespēju klātienē uzzināt par vienu no Latvijas industrijas flagmaņiem A/S “Laima”, par tās vēsturi, tagadni un nākotnes plāniem. Visi interesenti laipni aicināti uz pirmo “Laimas Akadēmiju”, kas maija sākumā notiks Tullow, Carlow, Droghedā un Dublinā. A/S “Laima” eksports 2014. gadā bija vairāk kā 10 […]

Diskusijas Čakstes kabinetā. Gunārs Kūtris

Šogad beidzas Valsts prezidenta Andra Bērziņa pilnvaras, un Latvija gatavojas Valsts prezidenta vēlēšanām, kas notiks 2015. gada jūnijā. Kas būs Latvijas prezidents? Uz tikšanos aicinājām Gunāru Kūtri, kurš ir otrais kandidāts, kurš oficiāli iesaistījies cīņā par valsts augstākās amatpersonas krēslu. Tikšanās notika – Čakstes kabinetā (bibliotēkā), kas atrodas Kr. Valdemāra ielā 23, šobrīd viesnīca ”Valdemārs”. Interesenti […]

Kāds būs Latvijas prezidents? Mārtiņa Bondara vizīte Īrijā

Tikšanās ar Mārtiņu Bondaru Īrijā no 08.-10.05.2015 Tikai stipri reģioni veido stipru valsti!   Lai cilvēkiem nebūtu jābrauc prom no savām tēva mājām, turpmākajos četros gados, ļoti būtiski būs likt uzsvaru uz vienmērīgu valsts attīstību. Reģionālā politika Latvijā, pēdējos desmit gados, ir faktiski izpalikusi. Tas arī bija viens no iemesliem, kad, samazinoties ekonomiskajam tempam valstī, […]

Latvia – Gateway for Irish Businesses to Vologda

During the visit to Ireland in October this year Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Vologda Tourism Union in such a way opening doors for Irish tourists and business people to Vologda and vice versa. The Memorandum of Understanding envisages efficient and open cooperation promoting business, culture, sports among Ireland, Russia […]

Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce Meets Drogheda Chamber of Commerce

On the 21st of October when visiting Ireland Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce met with Drogheda and District Chamber of Commerce. Drogheda & District Chamber was established in 1894 and since then it has played a distinguished and important role in the history of the town and in the development of the business and commercial life […]

Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce Meets Limerick Chamber of Commerce

On the 20th of October Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce jointly with the Embassy of Latvia in Ireland visited Limerick Chamber of Commerce, the oldest chamber in the country that is going to celebrate 200 years anniversary in 2015. Limerick Chamber of Commerce is the leading Chamber in the mid-west region representing over 450 member […]

Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce Meets Fingal Dublin Chamber

On the 21st of October the delegation of Irish Latvian Chamber of Commerce headed by Ilze Kreslina, Chief Executive, met with Mr Tony Lambert, Chief Executive, of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce is the accredited Chamber for the entire Fingal Region stretching from Blanchardstown in the west to Swords, Malahide in […]

Historic insights and facts regarding the biggest peaceful protest in the Baltic States

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way on August 23, the Latvian Institute (LI) has released a new factsheet with historic insights and facts regarding the biggest peaceful protest in the Baltic States. The 600 km long human chain with approximately 2 million participants is considered to be one of the greatest examples […]

Latvia’s GDP Increases 2.5% in Q2

In the second quarter of 2014 as compared to the second quarter of 2013, Latvia’s gross domestic product increased by 2.5 percent. The GDP was affected by the value increase of 4 percent in retail trade. Increase in construction accounted for 16 percent. In services (except trade) and in manufacturing the indicator stayed at the […]

”Stenders” Turnover Reaches 27 Million Euros in 2013

Latvian cosmetics manufacturer ”Stenders” has significantly increased its retail trade, achieving a turnover of 27 million euros – up by 17 percent from last year. “Stenders” has opened 43 new stores around the world in 2013, reaching a total of 230 stores across 22 countries and is now planning to open its first store in […]

“Latvijas Balzams” Turnover Exceeds 100 Million Euros in 2013

Latvian liquor and beverage producer ”Latvijas Balzams” has operated with a turnover of 101.1 million euros in 2013, by 1.5 percent more comparing to the previous year, reaching a 5.7 million euro profit. The Company expects a further increase in turnover by 14 percent this year. The total amount paid to the state in taxes […]

Prime Minister Straujuma: New government ready to take office

The new government is ready to take office and will be able to withstand the pressure it may face in the time remaining until the elections, Prime Minister designate Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) told reporters today. With the Reform Party’s decision to nominate Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis for the economy minister, the government’s makeup is now clear, said […]

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33 foreign companies entered Latvian market last year

According to the statistics of Latvian Investment and Development Agency last year, 33 foreign companies entered the Latvian market, according to information from the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. In entering the Latvian market, these investors are expected to create approximately 1 601 new jobs, and well as make approximately EUR 81.23 million in […]

Rīga officially starts its European Capital of Culture programme

Rīga has officially become the European Capital of Culture in 2014. The opening weekend of the Rīga 2014 programme passed with a grand array of festivities and creative events all over the capital of Latvia. More than 14 000 people participated in the Chain of Book Lovers campaign in the afternoon of January 18 to move over 2000 books, from […]

Riga to Open European Capital of Culture Year With Three-day Celebration

Rīga will open the European Capital of Culture year with a three-day celebration between January 17 and January 19, 2014, giving a taste of Rīga’s extensive cultural programme for 2014. One of the central events will be the Chain of Booklovers, during which books will travel from the old National Library building to the new […]