One of Latvia’s leading world-famous conductors Mariss Jansons received the "Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres" order in France. The purpose of the prestigious prize is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.
The traveler portal "Premier Traveler" has ranked the Karosta Prison in Liepāja among world's 10 most unusual places to stay during a trip abroad.
An informal gathering of the European Union's (EU) defense ministers took place at the Latvian National Library with the focus on preparations for the June 2015 European Council meeting, which will be the most important defense event of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.
The "Corner House" exhibition at the former KGB building at 61 Brīvības Street in Rīga is reopened to the public. The exhibition on the first floor of the former KGB headquarters, organized by the Museum of the Occupation, is free of charge.
"Moody's Investors Service'' (''Moody's'') has upgraded the government bond ratings of Latvia to ''A3'' from ''Baa1''. Latvia's (P)P-2 short-term rating has not changed. The outlook on the rating is stable, the ratings agency informs.
According to preliminary data, harvested production of grain in 2014 accounted for 2.2 million tons, which is 278,500 tons or 14.3 percent more than in 2013, thus exceeding the previous record set 2012 and reaching the highest level of harvested production of grain in the history of Latvia.
Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos during the panel discussion “Europe’s Twin Challenges: Growth and Stability”, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma emphasized that Europe’s economic growth is a must for stability.
Championships. The Latvia-2 four-man bob team piloted by Oskars Kibermanis finished in overall 7th place, 1.24 second behind Melbārdis.
During the first month of Latvia's EU Presidency, 2,260 persons attended the various events which were organized.
European Commission Vice President and Commissioner for Social Dialogue Valdis Dombrovskis stated that Latvia is still amongst the fastest growing European economies.
During a meeting with the organizers of the "Riga Summit 2015", Bērziņš was informed about the agenda and objectives of the summit, and agreed to become the patron of the summit.