On this day, August 21, 1991, 23 years ago, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia enacted the Constitutional Law "On the Statehood of the Republic of Latvia", marking the end of transition to the de facto independence of Latvia.
Latvian beach volleyball pair Aleksands Samoilovs and Jānis Šmēdiņš triumphed at the 2015 European Beach Volleyball Championship. In the final match, Samoilovs/Šmēdiņš beat Italy's Alex Ranghieri and Adrian Carambula 2-0 (21:18, 21:18).
In the first five months, exports of goods continued to grow reaching a 2.0% increase year-on-year. The fastest growth rate was observed for machinery and electrical equipment, products of chemical industry, building materials, paper and cardboard products, as well as plastic products.
Latvian pop-rock band "Brainstorm" opened their tour of Latvia "7 Steps of Fresh Air" with a concert in Jelgava that was attended by more than 23,000 people.The summer tour includes concerts in Jelgava, Ventspils, Valmiera and Rīga.
Following Latvia’s first Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs have received many positive words for a successful organisation and running of the Presidency at high professional standards from colleagues in European Union Member States and other cooperation partners.
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Sumner Welles Declaration, Professor Paulis Lazda presented a lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs entitled “Latvia's Uninterrupted de iure Independence: Sumner Welles' Policy of Denying the Legitimacy of the Soviet Russian Occupation”.
Preliminary demographic indicators of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that during the first six months of 2015, 4,765 marriages were registered in Latvia, which is 544 marriages or 13 percent more than during the first six months of 2014.
72 percent of Latvia's residents use e-services, of which 60 percent use e-services offered by public institutions, according to a survey carried out by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry and "Aptauju centrs" research center.
Research shows that Rīga is ranked as the best in the four star hotel category according to Switzerland's "PwC" "Online reputations - Why hotel reviews matter and how hotels respond" data.
The annual Sea Festival (in some places known as Fishermen's Festival) took place in most coastal towns and villages throughout Latvia in the middle of July, being the second largest festival after Midsummer’s Night on the Latvian summer calendar.
On July 8 the new President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis delivered his Presidential Oath of Office in the Latvian Parliament, thus officially taking office from his predecessor Andris Bērziņš.