Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis met with His Eminence, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, State Secretary of the Holy See, on Thursday, May 12, in Rīga. During the meeting, the Prime Minister invited His Holiness Pope Francis to visit Latvia in 2018, when this country and the other Baltic States will be celebrating the centenary of their independence.
24.05.2016, Politics
More than 366,000 people spent at least one night in Latvia's hotels during the first quarter of 2016, which was by 1.6% more than during the corresponding period of the previous year, according to information from the Latvian Central Statistical Board (CSB).
24.05.2016, Economy, Statistics
A new major artwork, “Latvian Flag” was unveiled on May 10 in the Humanities and Social Sciences Reading Room of the National Library of Latvia (NLL). The artwork has been presented to the library by the Georgian-American artist David Datuna, who has donated it in honour of the 97th anniversary of Latvia’s independence. “Latvian Flag” will remain on permanent display at the library.
11.05.2016, Society, National Symbols
At a meeting of the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on May 11, member states voted unanimously to invite Latvia to become the organisation’s 35th member state, thus confirming that Latvia had satisfied all conditions for membership.
11.05.2016, Foreign Affairs, Politics
A political agreement has been reached for the countries of the Visegrad Group (Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary) to each sending a contingent of soldiers to the Baltics in three-month shifts beginning in 2017 within the framework of measures aimed at increasing NATO’s presence in the region,
27.04.2016, Politics
The Latvian Institute has invited its neighbors from the Dome Cathedral Square area in Old Riga to the White Tablecloth Celebration, taking place on Monday, May 2 from 11:00 until 12:30 at the courtyard of the State Cultural Monuments Inspectorate on Pils street 20. With this event the Latvian Institute would like to encourage Latvians throughout the world to start a new tradition on May 4, the Restoration of Independence Day – to gather around white-clad tables with friends and neighbors to celebrate this occasion.
27.04.2016, People