Latvia

Country Latvia
Capital Riga
Continent Europe
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The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 30% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

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Sanctions on Russia and North Korea Put Tiny Latvia in U.S. Cross Hairs - The New York TimesSanctions on Russia and North Korea Put Tiny Latvia in U.S. Cross Hairs  The New York Times

Corruption has driven honest investors away and damaged the Latvian economy, making the cleaning up of illicit bank activity a top priority for a new ...



Latvia is interested in active political dialogue and close economic cooperation with Indonesia - Baltic TimesLatvia is interested in active political dialogue and close economic cooperation with Indonesia  Baltic Times

RIGA - Latvia is interested in active political dialogue with Indonesia and wants to promote economic exchange between the two countries, Latvian Foreign ...



Theresa May, Bulgaria, Latvia: Your Thursday Briefing - The New York TimesTheresa May, Bulgaria, Latvia: Your Thursday Briefing  The New York Times

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. We're covering Theresa May's denunciation of divisiveness, a cyberattack in Bulgaria and ...



New York Times: stakes are high for Latvia in the fight against money laundering - bnn-news.comNew York Times: stakes are high for Latvia in the fight against money laundering  bnn-news.com

US newspaper New York Times has published an article detailing problems with Latvia's finance system, admitting that stakes are especially high in the fight ...



Latvia's industrial producer price level up 0.4% in June - bnn-news.comLatvia's industrial producer price level up 0.4% in June  bnn-news.com

Compared to May, the level of producer prices in Latvian industry rose by 0.4 % in June 2019. Prices of products sold on the domestic market grew by 1.5 %, but ...



Dentists in Latvia may be offered compensation for work in country's regions - bnn-news.comDentists in Latvia may be offered compensation for work in country's regions  bnn-news.com

To improve accessibility of healthcare services outside of Riga, it is planned to expand the range of medical specialists who are eligible for financial support ...



Latvia among Baltic States with first quarter's highest budget deficit - bnn-news.comLatvia among Baltic States with first quarter's highest budget deficit  bnn-news.com

In Q1 2019, the general government budget deficit ratio to GDP in Latvia was higher than the average across the EU, according to data published by Eurostat.



Latvia commences procurement for public transport services in next decade - bnn-news.comLatvia commences procurement for public transport services in next decade  bnn-news.com

A procurement process has been announced for public transport services in Latvia for 2021-2030, as confirmed by Road Transport Directorate.



Latvian Citizen on board British tanker seized by Iran - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian Citizen on board British tanker seized by Iran  Eng.Lsm.lv

Iranian authorities have forbidden communication with the Latvian national detained during the seizure of a British oil tanker Stena Impero on Friday July 19, ...



Latvia to host EUROfusion General Assembly for the first time - bnn-news.comLatvia to host EUROfusion General Assembly for the first time  bnn-news.com

The 26th EUROfusion General Assembly will be taking place in Riga this week 17th – 18th July. The heads of EUROfusion science project and participants from ...



Latvia's Tet grows turnover - Broadband TV NewsLatvia's Tet grows turnover  Broadband TV News

The Latvian incumbent Tet, formerly known as Lattelecom, has posted a turnover of €105 million for the first six months of this year. This, according to the ...



Int'l air show Wings Over Baltics 2019 held in Latvia - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaInt'l air show Wings Over Baltics 2019 held in Latvia - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Orlik Aerobatic Team performs during the international air show Wings Over Baltics 2019 at Jurmala Airport in Tukums, Latvia, on July 20, 2019. As one of the ...



Energy production support in Latvia to be paid only from state budget - bnn-news.comEnergy production support in Latvia to be paid only from state budget  bnn-news.com

Latvia's Cabinet of Ministers has decided to support Economy Ministry's proposal to cover state support costs for energy production solely from the state budget ...



Pork prices in Latvia increase 10.5% over the course of a month - bnn-news.comPork prices in Latvia increase 10.5% over the course of a month  bnn-news.com

In May 2019, pork prices in Latvia increased 10.5% when compared to April and were 33.1% higher when compared to May 2018, according to data compiled ...



June's inflation in Latvia above that of EU and Eurozone - bnn-news.comJune's inflation in Latvia above that of EU and Eurozone  bnn-news.com

In June 2019 inflation in Latvia was higher than the average in the European Union and Eurozone, according to data published by Eurostat.



President: Latvianness is intended for everyone - bnn-news.comPresident: Latvianness is intended for everyone  bnn-news.com

Latvianness is intended for everyone, said Latvia's President Egils Levits in an interview to public broadcaster LNT programme 900 seconds in regards to ways ...



Latvia's Competition Council issues six warnings for possible cartel activity - bnn-news.comLatvia's Competition Council issues six warnings for possible cartel activity  bnn-news.com

In the first half-year of 2019, Latvia's Competition Council organized six warnings to ten businesses and five private persons for possible involvement in cartels.



Latvia fines Rigensis Bank for lax anti-money laundering controls - ReutersLatvia fines Rigensis Bank for lax anti-money laundering controls  Reuters

Latvia's financial watchdog has fined Rigensis Bank, the Baltic country's 11th biggest bank by assets, 1 million euros ($1.1 million) for lax anti-money laundering ...



Vehicle registration rise observed in Latvia in first half-year of 2019 - bnn-news.comVehicle registration rise observed in Latvia in first half-year of 2019  bnn-news.com

Compared to the same period of 2018, registration rate of new light-weight vehicles in Latvia has increased 4.6% in January-June period of 2019. Latvia is ...



Welfare Ministry requests EUR 54 million for welfare priorities in Latvia - bnn-news.comWelfare Ministry requests EUR 54 million for welfare priorities in Latvia  bnn-news.com

Next year's welfare priorities in Latvia will require additional funding of EUR 54 million, says Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica.



One Latvian national on British tanker seized by Iran - Baltic TimesOne Latvian national on British tanker seized by Iran  Baltic Times

RIGA - According to the Foreign Ministry, one Latvian national is on the British tanker seized by Iran. The ministry s...



Warmth to gradually return to Latvia this week: upwards of +25 C expected - bnn-news.comWarmth to gradually return to Latvia this week: upwards of +25 C expected  bnn-news.com

This week, rain will be observed in at least one of Latvia's regions. Nevertheless, warmer masses of air will also flow into the country, making air temperature ...



Latvia's leading mobile operators launch 5G services - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaLatvia's leading mobile operators launch 5G services - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

RIGA, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Latvia's leading mobile operators launched their 5G services this week, with Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) unveiling its 5G network ...



Latvia awards €430 million Rail Baltica contract | Article | KHL - KHL GroupLatvia awards €430 million Rail Baltica contract | Article | KHL  KHL Group

Besix and Sia Rere Buve to design and build the Rail Baltica Central Station in Riga, Latvia.



NATO's right to deploy in Latvia in crisis situations to be outlined in legislation - bnn-news.comNATO's right to deploy in Latvia in crisis situations to be outlined in legislation  bnn-news.com

In the event of crisis situations NATO forces will be able to deploy in Latvia from beyond its border, as provided by amendments to the Latvian State Border Law ...



Three for the Weekend in Latvia: History, rock, art - Eng.Lsm.lvThree for the Weekend in Latvia: History, rock, art  Eng.Lsm.lv

A few more ideas for things to do in this green and pleasant land this weekend.



Latvia supports Indonesia's UN rights council candidacy - World - Jakarta PostLatvia supports Indonesia's UN rights council candidacy - World  Jakarta Post

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said he supported Indonesias candidacy in many international organizations, including the United Nations Human ...



PHOTOS: Egils Levits' first day as President of Latvia - bnn-news.comPHOTOS: Egils Levits' first day as President of Latvia  bnn-news.com

On Monday, 8 July, Egils Levits offered a solemn vow and officially became President of the Republic of Latvia. Following congratulations in the Saeima, the new ...



June's last day and July's first day will be hot in Latvia - bnn-news.comJune's last day and July's first day will be hot in Latvia  bnn-news.com

On Friday, 28 June, weather in Latvia will be dictated by the western portion of a cyclone. There will be clouds and short-term rain, as reported by Latvia's ...



Jewish genocide memorial day marked in Latvia / Article - Eng.Lsm.lvJewish genocide memorial day marked in Latvia / Article  Eng.Lsm.lv

One of the darkest periods in Latvia's history was commemorated July 4 at an annual ceremony held at the site of one of pre-war Riga's synagogues.



Additional information to be asked for in Latvian prosecutor general's evaluation - bnn-news.comAdditional information to be asked for in Latvian prosecutor general's evaluation  bnn-news.com

Saeima deputies who initiated the investigation if there are reasons the justify dismissal of Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers have been asked to clarify their ...



Egils Levits officially becomes President of Latvia - bnn-news.comEgils Levits officially becomes President of Latvia  bnn-news.com

On Monday, 8 July, Egils Levits gave his solemn vow and officially became president of the Republic of Latvia.



Researchers expect one-third of Latvians to apply for British citizenship soon - bnn-news.comResearchers expect one-third of Latvians to apply for British citizenship soon  bnn-news.com

In the next five years, one-third of Latvian citizens who now live in Britain plan to apply for British citizenship, according to a survey performed by researchers of ...



Newspaper: MPC businessmen in Latvia have made generous donations to parties - bnn-news.comNewspaper: MPC businessmen in Latvia have made generous donations to parties  bnn-news.com

Since 2006, when the foundation was set for the mandatory procurement component system, MPC businessmen have donated to political parties EUR 1 333 ...



Latvia's unemployment level stays low, whereas Spain's level reaches 13.6% in May - bnn-news.comLatvia's unemployment level stays low, whereas Spain's level reaches 13.6% in May  bnn-news.com

In May 2019, Latvia's unemployment level was 6.4%, which is higher than the average in the EU, according to data published by Eurostat on 1 July.



Latvia's National Library adopts new prices for paid services - bnn-news.comLatvia's National Library adopts new prices for paid services  bnn-news.com

The new price list for paid services of Latvia's National Library includes 13 new services; certain prices have been either increased or reduced. Services ...



Curious career zigzags. From shipping schemes to a warm seat in Latvian Railway - bnn-news.comCurious career zigzags. From shipping schemes to a warm seat in Latvian Railway  bnn-news.com

Shadow of doubt over fraud worth five million euros. Career twists with Lembergs' approval. Secret peace treaty following Uldis Augulis' entry to Transport ...



TRAVEL DIARY | Lilywhite Army the latest to lay siege on Latvia's capital - Dundalk DemocratTRAVEL DIARY | Lilywhite Army the latest to lay siege on Latvia's capital  Dundalk Democrat

Riga, a city that has in the past seen its fair share of drama. It only takes a short visit to the Museum of the Occupation, based in the central region, to gain an ...



Latvia's Taxi Drivers Register has around 6 000 drivers; 114 have been excluded from it - bnn-news.comLatvia's Taxi Drivers Register has around 6 000 drivers; 114 have been excluded from it  bnn-news.com

Since June 2018, when the Taxi Drivers Register was adopted, nearly 6 000 drivers have registered with it, whereas more than 100 drivers have been excluded ...



European leaders fail to grasp 'hardening' of UK view on Brexit, Latvia warns - The TelegraphEuropean leaders fail to grasp 'hardening' of UK view on Brexit, Latvia warns  The Telegraph

A hard Brexit could be made more likely because European Union leaders have failed to grasp the hardening of opinion in Britain, Latvia's foreign minister has ...



EU approves Latvian railway electrification project - Emerging EuropeEU approves Latvian railway electrification project  Emerging Europe

The European Commission has given its full approval to a railway electrification project launched by SJSC Latvijas Dzelzcelš (Latvian Railways). After lowering ...



Latvia backs Indonesia's on UN Human Rights Council - ANTARALatvia backs Indonesia's on UN Human Rights Council  ANTARA

Latvia supports Indonesia's candidacy as a United Nation Human Rights Council member from 2020 to 2022, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkvis ...



Latvia and the Baltic States Seek Closer Coordination on Relations with China - The Jamestown FoundationLatvia and the Baltic States Seek Closer Coordination on Relations with China  The Jamestown Foundation

Introduction—Nordic and Baltic Governments Seek Common Positions for Relations with China. On April 1, 2019, a meeting was held between the foreign ...



Latvia faces more opportunities for cooperation with Vietnam in field of education - Baltic TimesLatvia faces more opportunities for cooperation with Vietnam in field of education  Baltic Times

RIGA - On Wednesday, continuing his working visit to Vietnam, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with the Minister of Education and T...



July's first week expected to be cool in Latvia - bnn-news.comJuly's first week expected to be cool in Latvia  bnn-news.com

Several cyclones will pass through Latvia this week, bringing precipitation and strong wind with them. Weather in Latvia on Monday, 1 July, will be warm.



LIVE Stream: UEFA ASSIST U15 International Tournament – Saudi Arabia vs Latvia - FOX Sports AsiaLIVE Stream: UEFA ASSIST U15 International Tournament – Saudi Arabia vs Latvia  FOX Sports Asia

Saudi Arabia will take on Northern European opposition in the form of Latvia in the the UEFA ASSIST U15 International Tournament being held in Addu City, ...



Latvia's industrial output growth reportedly the most rapid among Baltics - bnn-news.comLatvia's industrial output growth reportedly the most rapid among Baltics  bnn-news.com

Industrial production output in Latvia in May 2019 when compared to the same period of 2018 has increased 1.7%, which is a more rapid growth rate than the ...



EU's chief Brexit negotiator visits Riga to brief Latvian officials on progress in talks - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaEU's chief Brexit negotiator visits Riga to brief Latvian officials on progress in talks - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

RIGA, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The European Union's (EU) chief negotiator in talks on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, Michel Barnier, arrived in Riga ...



Weather in Latvia expected to be especially windy at weeks end - bnn-news.comWeather in Latvia expected to be especially windy at weeks end  bnn-news.com

At the end of the week, the sky in Latvia will be covered in rain clouds – many areas will experience rainfall, including heavy rainfall in some areas.



Latvia's Education Ministry spots problems with LU rector's election process - bnn-news.comLatvia's Education Ministry spots problems with LU rector's election process  bnn-news.com

Education and Science Ministry has uncovered multiple violations committed in the recent election of the rector for the University of Latvia. It is likely that the ...



Latvia holds third highest growth rate in Europe's innovation rating - bnn-news.comLatvia holds third highest growth rate in Europe's innovation rating  bnn-news.com

Latvia is reported to have the third highest growth rate in the European Union, growing by 17.7 percentage points in the rating, according to outlooks of Europe's ...



Foreign trade turnover changes in Latvia: exports drop and imports grow in May - bnn-news.comForeign trade turnover changes in Latvia: exports drop and imports grow in May  bnn-news.com

In May 2019, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.5 billion, which at current prices was 3.5 % more than in May 2017, of which the exports ...



Kazakhstan to turn diplomatic mission in Latvia into embassy - Eng.Lsm.lvKazakhstan to turn diplomatic mission in Latvia into embassy  Eng.Lsm.lv

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on July 19 signed decrees transforming and re-organizing several of the country's diplomatic missions and one ...



Magnitsky's supporters accuse Latvia of inaction in fight against money laundering - bnn-news.comMagnitsky's supporters accuse Latvia of inaction in fight against money laundering  bnn-news.com

Investment company Hermitage Capital Management co-founder and manager Bill Browder accuses Latvia's authorities of inaction in prevention of laundering ...



State Audit: Latvia's Healthcare Ministry is fighting problems that existed ten years ago - bnn-news.comState Audit: Latvia's Healthcare Ministry is fighting problems that existed ten years ago  bnn-news.com

Although since 2005 there have been adopted to ensure Latvia has a sufficient number of doctors with appropriate qualifications, the State Audit found in an ...



Canadian women drop opener to Latvia at under-19 basketball World Cup - Toronto StarCanadian women drop opener to Latvia at under-19 basketball World Cup  Toronto Star

BANGKOK—Aaliyah Edwards was just shy of a double-double with a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds, but Canada lost 65-54 to Latvia on Saturday to ...



Latvia's biggest tax debtors found in furniture manufacture and catering sectors - bnn-news.comLatvia's biggest tax debtors found in furniture manufacture and catering sectors  bnn-news.com

The highest proportion of tax debtors in Latvia is found in furniture manufacture and public catering sectors, according to a study performed by Lursoft.



Latvia has agreed an extension in introduction of Moneyval recommendations - Znotina - Baltic TimesLatvia has agreed an extension in introduction of Moneyval recommendations - Znotina  Baltic Times

RIGA - Latvia has been able to agree to an extension in the introduction of the recommendations from the Council of Europe's Committee of ...



YouTube Music streaming service launched in Latvia / Article - Eng.Lsm.lvYouTube Music streaming service launched in Latvia / Article  Eng.Lsm.lv

From July 17, the YouTube Music streaming *service* is available in Latvia, Youtube communications consultant Linda Vitola told the press.



Sea Festival takes place in coastal regions throughout Latvia this weekend - Baltic TimesSea Festival takes place in coastal regions throughout Latvia this weekend  Baltic Times

RIGA - The annual Sea Festival (in some places known as Fishermen's Festival) takes place in most coastal towns and villages throughout Latvia this weekend, ...



Latvian minister shocked over situation with orphans in the country - bnn-news.comLatvian minister shocked over situation with orphans in the country  bnn-news.com

Latvia's Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica is unpleasantly surprised with institutions' and municipalities' opposition towards orphaned children ending up in a ...



Latvian prosecutor hands central bank chief graft case to court - ReutersLatvian prosecutor hands central bank chief graft case to court  Reuters

RIGA (Reuters) - A corruption case against Latvian central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics has been handed to a court for consideration, the Latvian ...



Vi?t Nam, Latvia seek to enhance ties - Politics & Laws - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports - Viet Nam NewsVi?t Nam, Latvia seek to enhance ties - Politics & Laws - Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports  Viet Nam News

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ph?m Bình Minh and Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics discussed measures to promote relations between ...



Latvian president says funding is a non-issue if public media are organized - bnn-news.comLatvian president says funding is a non-issue if public media are organized  bnn-news.com

Resolving the public media crisis will make funding a non-issue, said Latvia's President Egils Levits in an interview to public broadcaster LTV Rita panorama ...



Latvia – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (27.06.19) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères - France DiplomatieLatvia – Visit by Amélie de Montchalin (27.06.19) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères  France Diplomatie

Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, is visiting Riga on June 27.



First African swine fever case of 2019 registered in Latvia - bnn-news.comFirst African swine fever case of 2019 registered in Latvia  bnn-news.com

This year's first African swine fever infection for domestic pigs has been registered in Latvia. The illness was uncovered in an enclosure in Durbe Parish, Vecpils ...



Construction contract in Latvia (international college) Tallinn Stock Exchange:MRK1T - GlobeNewswireConstruction contract in Latvia (international college) Tallinn Stock Exchange:MRK1T  GlobeNewswire

On 12 of July 2019, SIA Merks, part of AS Merko Ehitus group, has entered into the construction contract with SIA “LMH” for the International College construction ...



Latvia had EU's fastest-shrinking population last year - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia had EU's fastest-shrinking population last year  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvia's population shrank at a faster rate than in any other European Union member state in 2018, according to data published by Eurostat July 10.



Latvia's Supreme Court opens inquiry into prosecutor general's job performance - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaLatvia's Supreme Court opens inquiry into prosecutor general's job performance - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

RIGA, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Latvia's Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers is facing an inquiry that may lead to his removal from office, a statement released by the ...



IMF urges Latvia to push on with fight against money laundering - Euronews EnglishIMF urges Latvia to push on with fight against money laundering  Euronews English

RIGA (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday urged Latvia to maintain momentum in its fight against money-laundering as the Baltic nation ...



First ever Garden Pearls Open Days in Estonia and Latvia - Baltic TimesFirst ever Garden Pearls Open Days in Estonia and Latvia  Baltic Times

26-28 July in Estonia and 2-4 August in Latvia will see over 30 park and garden owners open their gates to garden enthusiasts and travellers as part of the first ...



Latvian and Canadian foreign ministers open the XV Latvian Song and Dance festival in Canada - Baltic TimesLatvian and Canadian foreign ministers open the XV Latvian Song and Dance festival in Canada  Baltic Times

RIGA - Earlier this week in Toronto, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland, ...



Latvian start-ups need to get rid of coyness and sell themselves better - Baltic TimesLatvian start-ups need to get rid of coyness and sell themselves better  Baltic Times

At Magnetic Latvia's annual conference Deep Tech Atelier, showcasing in Riga some ground-breaking start-ups in full swing, there was this very business-acting ...



Krisjanis Karins: Latvia Is Primed For Far-Sighted Investors - ForbesKrisjanis Karins: Latvia Is Primed For Far-Sighted Investors  Forbes

You'll be surprised and—from an investment viewpoint—delighted to learn what extraordinary opportunities there are in Latvia, a small, formerly communist ...



Top legislator hosts Latvian Foreign Minister - Nhan Dan OnlineTop legislator hosts Latvian Foreign Minister  Nhan Dan Online

NDO/VNA – Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan suggested the Vietnamese and Latvian legislatures increase the exchange of all-level ...



Latvian NAF Commander: technologies and armament mean nothing without people - bnn-news.comLatvian NAF Commander: technologies and armament mean nothing without people  bnn-news.com

There is enormous development ahead of Latvia's National Armed Forces in the next decade, said NAF Commander Leonids Kalninš in an interview to public ...



Latvia's prime minister not prepared to increase country's budget deficit - bnn-news.comLatvia's prime minister not prepared to increase country's budget deficit  bnn-news.com

Latvia's Prime Minister Krišjanis Karinš is not prepared to increase budget deficit to satisfy growing budget requests from ministries. The prime minister says ...



European Union to fund rail electrification project in Latvia - Global Railway ReviewEuropean Union to fund rail electrification project in Latvia  Global Railway Review

EU investing nearly €320 million in electrification of rail across Latvia, but do we need to ask why only 14 per cent of the railway will be electrified?



EuroBasket Women: Great Britain beat hosts Latvia in opener - BBC SportEuroBasket Women: Great Britain beat hosts Latvia in opener  BBC Sport

GB Women began their 2019 FIBA's EuroBasket Women campaign with a victory against the hosts Latvia 74-60 this evening.



We visited Latvia, a country that’s truly moved on from its grim Soviet past - Shout Out UKWe visited Latvia, a country that’s truly moved on from its grim Soviet past  Shout Out UK

We travelled to Riga, Latvia to see for ourselves whether the country has moved on and recovered from its difficult Soviet past.



Tariff war averted as Estonia and Latvia learn to live with each other's cheaper booze - bne IntelliNewsTariff war averted as Estonia and Latvia learn to live with each other's cheaper booze  bne IntelliNews

The first week of Estonia's new rates of excise duty on alcohol, slashed 25% with effect from July 1, is now passing without hints of an escalating tax war between ...



After U.S. Money-Laundering Probe, Latvian Leader Vows a Cleanup - BloombergAfter U.S. Money-Laundering Probe, Latvian Leader Vows a Cleanup  Bloomberg

After a U.S. money-laundering probe rocked Latvia's economy, sending one of its largest banks belly up, the Baltic nation's U.S.-born leader is trying to convince ...



Latvian corruption watchdog detains three people for bribery - bnn-news.comLatvian corruption watchdog detains three people for bribery  bnn-news.com

On Monday, 8 July, Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) detained three people for accepting a bribe of EUR 20 000. Among those people is ...



Analysis: Latvia is third most active in cartel enforcement in European Economic Area - bnn-news.comAnalysis: Latvia is third most active in cartel enforcement in European Economic Area  bnn-news.com

The work performed by Latvia's Competition Council in preventing cartel activity is the third most active among all jurisdictions in European Economic Area.



Latvia's prime minister expects minister to explain suspension of Latvenergo council - bnn-news.comLatvia's prime minister expects minister to explain suspension of Latvenergo council  bnn-news.com

Latvia's Prime Minister Krišjanis Karinš intends to wait until the end of the week for explanations from Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro in regards to the minister's ...



Latvia to celebrate Ligo midsummer festivity tonight - Baltic TimesLatvia to celebrate Ligo midsummer festivity tonight  Baltic Times

RIGA - Tonight, people in Latvia will be celebrating the traditional Ligo midsummer festivity, or Janu (St. John's) Night, singing folksongs, making flower wreaths ...



China's desert mirage - Emerging EuropeChina's desert mirage  Emerging Europe

That China is one of the driving forces of the global economy has been a well-known fact for decades, despite the experience of existing cooperation and the ...



Latvia's forests are growing / Article - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia's forests are growing / Article  Eng.Lsm.lv

In 2018, forests occupied 3.04 million hectares (ha) or 52% of Latvian land, according to the State Forest *Service*, reported LSM's Latvian *service* on July 9.



Riga vs Dundalk, Champions League qualifier: Penalty drama in Latvia as Vinny Perth's men go through - Independent.ieRiga vs Dundalk, Champions League qualifier: Penalty drama in Latvia as Vinny Perth's men go through  Independent.ie

After a goalless draw in Oriel Park, it is all to play for in Riga as Dundalk look to advance to the next stage of the Champions League qualifying stage. Follow all ...



Latvia summons Russian diplomat over Moscow firework display - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia summons Russian diplomat over Moscow firework display  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said July 11 it had summoned a Russian diplomat to express disapproval of recent comments he made.



Latvian government approves funding for procurement of new electrical trains - bnn-news.comLatvian government approves funding for procurement of new electrical trains  bnn-news.com

Latvia's government has approved state budget long-term commitment of EUR 255 888 753 to finance railway passenger transport company AS Pasažieru ...



Government to decide on contested appointment of new University of Latvia rector - Eng.Lsm.lvGovernment to decide on contested appointment of new University of Latvia rector  Eng.Lsm.lv

A government institution has found violations in the election of the new University of Latvia rector, but the government vote of instating Indrikis Muižnieks in his ...



Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada attracts 2000 participants - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada attracts 2000 participants  Eng.Lsm.lv

More than 2000 choristers and dancers from Latvia and the rest of the world gathered at the XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada, according to the ...



Latvia's Fiscal Discipline Council predicts slight drop for country's economy - bnn-news.comLatvia's Fiscal Discipline Council predicts slight drop for country's economy  bnn-news.com

Fiscal Discipline Council expects Latvia's economy to drop slightly in the coming years. For 2020, the expected drop is -0.2 percentage points and -0.1 ...



Industrial production output in Latvia showed moderate growth in May - bnn-news.comIndustrial production output in Latvia showed moderate growth in May  bnn-news.com

Compared to May 2018, manufacturing output grew by 1.7 % in May 2019. Output rise was also recorded in electricity and gas supply, while in mining and ...



Environment watchdog okays erecting 35 wind turbines in western Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvEnvironment watchdog okays erecting 35 wind turbines in western Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

The State Environmental Bureau has completed assessment of environmental impact of company Eolus' project to build wind parks Dobele and Pienava, and ...



6 priorities for Latvia's future development / Article - Eng.Lsm.lv6 priorities for Latvia's future development / Article  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian officials are making a new National Development Plan (NAP) for 2021-2027, reported LSM's Latvian *service* on June 30. The plan includes six ...



Construction costs in Latvia up 4.3% in May - bnn-news.comConstruction costs in Latvia up 4.3% in May  bnn-news.com

Compared to April, the level of construction costs in Latvia grew by 0.6 % in May 2019. Labour remuneration of workers increased by 1.7 %, prices of building ...



Piece of Baltic history returned to Latvia / Article - Eng.Lsm.lvPiece of Baltic history returned to Latvia / Article  Eng.Lsm.lv

A small piece of Baltic history returned to Latvian shores June 26 when an inscribed piece of amber, originally given by Latvian Prime Minister and later ...



Paucity of state funds for church renovation in Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvPaucity of state funds for church renovation in Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

The year 2018 saw four million euros from the state budget being invested into the renovation of Latvia's churches. The majority of investments were one-off ...