Categories: Latvia in review

Dombrovskis Invites Medvedev to Visit Latvia

State Chancellery Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis concluded his visit to Russia on April 6 where he participated in the Baltic Sea Forum, held a meeting with Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and other officials. This was the first bilateral meeting of V.Dombrovskis and the Head of Government of Russia. V.Dombrovskis extended an invitation to […]

The Great Days of Easter

By Kārlis Pots Head of PR, Latvian Institute Easter is a special time, universally enjoyed in Latvia, regardless of people’s religious beliefs. Throughout the Easter period people of all ages and ethnicities come together to enjoy the first rays of the springs and practice their own versions of the celebration. Latvians call the Easter period […]

Compendia of Papers from Historian Commission Digitalised

Compendia of Papers from Historian Commission Digitalised

Chancery of the President During a meeting with organisers of the “Eustory” competition on March 21, Latvian President Andris Bērziņš noted the completion of a very important project that began in the autumn of 2012 – the Latvian Commission of Historians and the Latvian National Library have digitalised all 27 of the commission’s compendia of […]

7884 Days of Latvia’s Independence

Today we celebrate 7884 days of Latvia’s restored independence. It’s the longest period an independent Latvia has existed. The country is now a day older than it was on June 17, 1940, when the Soviet Army occupied Latvia. There will be no pompous celebration, but one can take the time today to reflect on how […]

Latvia Has EU’s Highest Ratio of Women Managers, Academics and Physicians

Latvian Institute Latvia has registered the highest ratio of women being managers, teachers at upper secondary education level, academic staff in tertiary education and physicians in the European Union, Eurostat reports. A third of managers in the EU are women. The highest proportion of female managers was recorded in Latvia (45%). Hungary is second with […]

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Rinkēvičs Urges Closer Integration of Baltic States into EU Energy and Transport Networks

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the ambassadors of Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad states accredited in Latvia on March 8. The event was a follow-up to the foreign ministers’ meeting held in a similar format in Gdansk, Poland, on February 20. Foreign Minister Rinkēvičs commended the results of […]

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Rinkēvičs and new French Ambassador Agree to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Latvia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Ambassador Agréé of France to Latvia Stéphane Visconti on March 8. The parties voiced satisfaction over active bilateral relations and cooperation in a number of areas, including economy, education, culture and La Francophonie, and expressed a wish to build even closer […]

Latvian Lats Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary

Latvian Institute It was 20 years ago, March 5, 1993, when Latvians first laid their eyes on the first 5-lats banknotes. Not only was the note very beautiful with its characteristic Latvian symbols, but it also marked the end of the transition period after the regaining of independence from the Soviet occupation. It was the […]

Second Estimates Confirm Latvia’s Biggest Q4 GDP Increase in EU – Eurostat

Latvian Institute Second estimates for the fourth quarter of 2012 confirm that Latvia has had the biggest growth of gross domestic product (GDP) among the 27 European Union (EU) states, Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, reports. The change, compared with the same quarter of the previous year, shows a 5,7% increase, based on […]

GDP Growth in Latvia, at 5,6%, Fastest in Europe; Growth to Moderate This Year

Agnese Bičevska (Economist at the Bank of Latvia), The indicator updated by the Central Statistical Bureau shows that gross domestic product (GDP) in the last quarter of 2012 grew 1,4% quarter-on-quarter (adjusted upwards by 0,1 percentage point). Year-on-year, GDP has grown by 5,1%. Since a broader perspective on GDP is currently available and previous […]

Saeima Supports Latvian Presence in EU’s Military Mission to Train Malian Armed Forces Saeima has supported the draft resolution on participation of the Latvian National Armed Forces in the European Union’s training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali) aimed at training the Malian Armed Forces. The decision was adopted unanimously with 86 votes in favour and none against. According to the Latvian National Armed Forces, as a part […]

Saeima Amends Law to Enable Accession to the Convention against Bribery The Parliament of Latvia (Saeima) adopted amendments to the Law on Enterprise Income Tax, thereby improving the legal framework for preventing bribery, in the second and final reading. Latvia had to amend its Law on Enterprise Income Tax in order to join the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International […]

First Man Who Died for Estonian Independence Was Latvian

On February 24 Estonia marked its 95th anniversary since its proclamation of independence. Estonian armed forces played an important role into the liberation of the whole Baltic region. But until this day little known is the fact that the first man who died in the Estonian ranks was a Latvian national Jānis (Johans) Muižnieks. […]

Gundega Repše’s Story Included in “Best European Fiction 2012” Anthology Latvian writer Gundegas Repše’s story “How Important Is It To Be Ernest?” has been included in the “Best European Fiction 2012” anthology published by “Dalkey Archive Press”, Latvian Literature Centre’s representative Arita Gutāne informs. “How Important Is It To Be Ernest” (“Cik svarīgi būt Ernestam”) was translated into English by Margita Gailītis, the story […]

European Film Awards 2014 to Take Place in Rīga

Latvian Institute Rīga, the European Capital of Culture 2014, will host the 27th European Film Awards next year on Saturday, December 13, 2014, foundation Rīga 2014 reports. The ceremony takes place in Berlin, seat of the European Film Academy (EFA), every second year; on other years it travels. “As a truly European event, this is […]

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Rinkēvičs Commends Security Policy Cooperation among Baltic, Nordic and Visegrad States

Ministry of Foreign Affairs On 20 February Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs took part in the meeting of foreign ministers of Nordic, Baltic and Visegrad states in Gdansk. The ministers reviewed the issues of regional infrastructure and transport interconnections and had a debate about the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, Russia and the EU enlargement process. The participants […]

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80 Journalists from 13 Countries to Report on the Northern Future Forum

Latvian Institute A total of 80 journalists from 13 countries will be covering one of the biggest events in international foreign affairs in the world – Northern Future Forum – that will take place in Rīga, Latvia, on February 28. The countries with journalists present at the event include the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, […]

Export Unit Value up 3,7% in 2012

Central Statistical Bureau In 2012, compared to 2011, the average level of export unit value (UV) grew by 3,7% and the average level of import unit value rose by 7,9%, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) of Latvia. Compared to the 4th quarter of 2011, the unit value in the 4th […]

Latvian Drug Makers Increase Output 15% in 2012

Baltic News Service The Latvian medicine producers last year increased their output by 15 percent and exports by 16 percent, the Latvian State Agency of Medicines (ZVA) told BNS. Sales of pharmaceutical products made in Latvia in 2012 reached more than 107 million lats (EUR 152.25 mln). Most of the output or 90 percent were […]

European Commission Expects Latvian GDP Growth at 3.8% This Year

Baltic News Service The European Commission expects the Latvian gross domestic product (GDP) to grow 3.8 percent this year, according to the latest European economic forecasts published by the Commission on Friday. The economic growth in Latvia is estimated at 4.1 percent in 2014 and 4.3 percent in 2015. According to the Commission’s forecasts, inflation […]

Northern Future Forum to Start This Week in Rīga

State Chancellery Prime Ministers, experts, researchers and entrepreneurs of Nordic and Baltic countries and Great Britain will gather this week in Rīga – in the Northern Future Forum, to discuss the current developments of the region – competitiveness of green economy and bridging the digital divide. The forum will be held on February 28. This […]

Latvia Promised a June Answer on Its Euro Pledge

Latvian Institute In line with the Treaty requirements, the European Commission and the ECB will each make an objective and profound assessment of Latvia’s readiness to join the euro area. The conclusions of the assessment will be presented by late May, early June, Vice-President of the European Commission and member of the Commission responsible for […]