This June, a group of young scholars and editor Žaneta Ozoliņa (The University of Latvia) presented a study on Russian-speaking community in Latvia, focusing on the arguments forming their affiliation with the Latvian state, society and other communities. The study presented in this book is more of a snapshot, revealing the diversity of the Russian-speaking community in Latvia in the second half of 2015 – after the begining of the war in Ukraine, rather than a recipe book for politicians on societal integration.
Latvian Institute, 20.06.2016, Society
On Monday, June 6, seven proposed designs for the future Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art were presented by international architectural firms in partnership with Latvian architects. The museum will be housed in a former railway building as part of the strategic New Hanza City (NHC) – a commercial and residential development alongside Rīga’s historical Art Nouveau district. It is scheduled to open its doors to the public on November 18, 2021.
07.06.2016, Culture, Society,
On Thursday, June 2, Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis and the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Angel Gurría, signed the Agreement on Accession of Latvia to the OECD in Paris. Upon parliamentary ratification in Latvia, the country will officially become the organisation’s 35th member state.
03.06.2016, Foreign Affairs, Economy
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