Categories: Latvia in review

In the Face of a Great Adversary – Remembering the Baltic Way

The director of the Latvian Institute Karina Pētersone offers her thoughts about the August 23, 1989 happenings in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Text: Latvian Institute ©  

Effective Dialogue with Local Governments – a Matter of Honour for National Policy

Local governments that are well-informed about the social problems of a specific area are irreplaceable partners for the national government, and without their help the state cannot fulfil all of its tasks; therefore, development of effective dialogue with local governments is a matter of honour and prestige of national policy. This was expressed by Solvita […]

Unemployment in Latvia to Drop Close to 8% After 2016

The unemployment rate in Latvia will be approaching 8 percent after 2016 but the problem of labour force shortage will become more obvious, the Economics Ministry said in its latest report about the national economic development. The ministry expects the number of job seekers in Latvia to drop to 12 percent of the economically active […]

Unusually Low Inflation Expected in 2013

The slightly positive (+0,2%) annual inflation in June 2013 mostly reflected the base effect of the unprocessed food prices, while other factors contributed to a year-on-year drop. Favourable dynamics of the global food prices persist. Moreover, this year’s grain harvest is expected to be better than in the 2012/2013 marketing year, with the price dynamics […]

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Latvian President discusses expansion of economic co-operation with Japan

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš met with representatives of the Keidanren business federation from Japan, telling his guests that there are extensive opportunities to expand economic co-operation between their country and Latvia. The President also expressed his delight about the fact that this was the largest high-level Japanese business delegation to visit Latvia during the history […]

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Enrico Letta: Cooperation of Latvia and Italy will grow over next years

On July 11, Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, held a meeting with Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy. Both officials shared the view that bilateral relations of Latvia and Italy should be developed over next years in view of Latvia’s upcoming accession to the euro zone and the […]

Latvia Takes Silver in European U20 Basketball Championship

The Latvian U20 men’s national basketball team got to the finals of the European Basketball Championship in Tallinn and won silver. Team Latvia was bested by Italy in a very tight game with a 60-67 score (13-9, 18-14, 11-23, 18-21). This success is a first for Latvian basketball since 1939 when Latvia also placed second […]

World Record and Bronze Medal for Aigars Apinis in Discus Throw

Beating another World Record, by throwing the discus 21,06 meters, Latvian Paralympian Aigars Apinis took the bronze medal at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. His throw set a new World Record in his F52 category, and also earned Apinis a bronze medal. Last year he set the World Record, by throwing […]

89,5% of Latvians Consider Song and Dance Celebration a Success

An overwhelming majority, or 89,5 percent of Latvia’s economically active residents have described the artistic quality of the recent Song and Dance Celebration as excellent or good, shows a survey conducted by TNS pollster for Latvia’s LNT commercial TV channel. Overall, the XXV Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration scored 8,2 points on the 10 point […]

The Tall Ship Races 2013

After ten years the sailing event “Tall Ships Races 2013” with its innumerable magnificent tall ships will visit Riga providing unique visual pleasure for inhabitants and guests of Riga. The event will end with colourful fireworks. You can find the programme of the event here: Text: Latvian Institute 2013

BBC Greets Latvian Song and Dance Celebration

Latvian Institute The “BBC Singers” choir has recorded a video greeting in song form for the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration. The 24-voice ensemble recorded the greeting composed by BBC Singers Associate Composer Gabriel Jackson headed by the choir’s Chief Conductor David Hill. “Thinking that it would be nice to send a greeting which was […]

European Parliament Green-lights Latvia’s Accession to Eurozone

Latvia should join the euro on January 1, 2014, recommends the European Parliament in a resolution voted on July 3. “I welcome the European Parliament’s assessment that Latvia is ready for the euro. Joining the euro zone will be a milestone in Latvia’s history and a confirmation of the euro zone’s strength. It will bring […]

Industrial Production Output up 2,2% in May

Latest seasonally adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that, in comparison with April, industrial production output in May has increased by 2.2%. Of which in mining and quarrying – by 8.3%, in manufacturing – by 1.4%, and in electricity and gas supply – by 1.8%. The most […]

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President of Germany: We Are Interested in Closer Cooperation with Latvia

State Chancellery. On July 8, during the meeting with Valdis Dombrovskis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, Joachim Gauck, President of Germany, confirmed that Germany is interested in closer economic cooperation with Latvia by seeking new opportunities for investment and trade. Valdis Dombrovskis emphasised that targeted support to the production sector and exports has […]

Little Latvia Becomes Superpower of Song

“Not your usual mothballed folk festival, a songfest more than a century old with a choir of thousands enjoying near mythical status for the role it played in little Latvia’s battle for freedom.”

Saule, Pērkons, Daugava

Arguably one of the most popular Latvian Song and Dance Celebration songs “Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” sung by the choir at the closing night of the event.

Identity of a Celebration

By Karina Pētersone, Director of the Latvian Institute Shuffling of feet and harmonizing voices resound throughout Latvia this week. The XXV Nationwide Latvian Song and XV Dance Celebration has begun and is in full force. This is a magical time, to be experienced only once every five years. This time there are 1600 collectives and […]

European Council Welcomes Latvia in Eurozone

On June 28 the European Council convened for the second day of its meeting and congratulated Latvia on fulfilling the convergence criteria of the Treaty, thus allowing it to adopt the euro on January 1, 2014. The European Council discussed Latvia’s application to adopt the euro. It congratulated Latvia on the convergence it has achieved, […]

Retail Trade Turnover Increased 8% in May

Compared to May 2012, total retail trade turnover in May of this year rose by 8%, according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices of the Central Statistical Bureau. A rise in the food commodity group comprised 2.9%, but in non-food commodity group – 11.7%, of which retail sale of automotive fuel –16.7%. The most […]

The Pulse of Trade Stable, Immunity Good, Bank of Latvia economist Agnese Bičevska. From the beginning of the year, retail trade has been demonstrating a stable rhythm of change – just like an EKG: a rise in January, a drop in February, a rise in March, a drop in April. May data were published today and they once again point to […]

Rīga 2014 Summer House Opens in Esplanāde

Latvian Institute. The Rīga2014 foundation has set up an improvised summer house for the preparations for Rīga being the European Capital of Culture next year. Located in Esplanāde Park in the city centre, it will serve as an information centre, a cafe, a library and various cultural events from different art genres will also be […]

Museum of the Occupation of Latvia Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Latvian Institute. Today the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (1940-1991) celebrates 20 years since its establishment on July 1, 1993. The first exposition of the Museum in 1993 was opened in the building of the former Latvian Red Riflemen’s Museum. The Museum is accredited by the state and is internationally recognized as an important […]

Singing In Unison at the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Riga

The Latvian national song festival is held once every five years and attracts hundreds of thousands of participants, viewers and tourists. As Gederts Gelzis reports from Riga, the song festival helps unify the country. Text: Latvian Institute

HARDtalk: Valdis Dombrovskis

“The Baltic way out of the financial crisis has been austerity – and Latvia led the way. When banking collapse wiped out a quarter of the economy and unemployment hit 20 per cent, it took drastic action. Critics say the correction was harsher than necessary because Latvia pegged its currency to the euro. Shaun Ley […]

Summer Solstice – Singing, Dancing, Cheese and the Magical Fern Flower

By Daina Ruduša, “Rīga 2014” project coordinator, Latvian Institute As I child I had two favourite holidays – New Year and Summer Solstice, because on both occasions I was allowed to stay up late. Of the two, Summer Solstice was of course the more exciting, because not only was I allowed to stay up late, […]

Standard & Poor’s raises Latvia’s credit rating

Ministry of Finance Last week one of the largest international rating agencies Standard & Poor’s raised Latvia’s credit rating by one degree. The assessment of the country for long-term and short-term obligations in the local and foreign currency was raised from “BBB” to “BBB+” with a stable rating forecast for the future. “It was forecasted […]

The Song and Dance Express brings in the Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration

Latvian Institute The Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration is fast approaching, with only two weeks remaining until the opening ceremonies, warm up events have started taking place all over Latvia – people singing and dancing in the streets, people appearing in national costumes is no strange occurrence at this time of the year. This weekend, […]

Interview with Inese Galante

World renowned Latvian Opera singer Inese Galante talks to the Riga2014 foundation about the Summertime festival, her ideas for it, and her foundation.

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Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in discussion on post-2015 global development vision

Ministry of Foreign Affairs On 14 June, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a high-level international conference organised by the Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS) supported by the Foreign Ministry. During the event, the European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs together with representatives from the UN and the NGO platforms of Finland, the Czech […]

Latvian President, Irish Prime Minister discuss co-operation

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš met on June 6 with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, expressing the hope that the bilateral partnership and political dialogue between Latvia and Ireland will continue to be successful. He also called on Ireland to use Latvia as a business platform to develop co-operation with the Baltic States, Russia, the CIS, […]