On 25-26 August, Riga will host the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic and Nordic countries in the NB8 format. Latvia will welcome the region’s representatives as the country coordinating the NB8 cooperation in 2016. The programme includes a reflection on cooperation in the region over the 25 years since the Baltic States regained their independence and a discussion on current developments in Europe as well as security issues in the region and beyond.
The Great Synagogue of Ludza in Latvia's east is a unique Jewish heritage site. The wooden building is at least 200 years old and is to be unveiled following a restoration lasting over a year, reported Latvian Radio Thursday.
Latvians are proud of their ancient cultural heritage when it comes to gastronomy, often producing and preparing their own food. Rīga and the Gauja region have been named the European Region of Gastronomy 2017 for that reason. It’s interesting to note that the vegan and vegetarian lifestyle, which is very closely linked to an appreciation of that which is natural and naturally produced, has recently been expanding in Rīga, not least because people appreciate sustainable ideas.
Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to June 2015, industrial production output increased by 7.9 % in June 2016 (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices). Production output in manufacturing rose by 8.2 %, in electricity and gas supply by 9.6 %, while in mining and quarrying there was a drop of 3.2 %.
Latvia’s gastronomy may have been influenced by Germans, Swedes, Poles and Russians, but if we look at national celebrations, then we see one very unique aspect of the past that is still with us – Latvians like to be in contact with nature and to produce and prepare food with their own hands.
Latvia ranks as the third-freest country among former states of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact, according to the latest Nations In Transit report by the US-based human rights organization, Freedom House.
The Latvian audio-technology company Sonarworks has found EUR 700,000 in its third round of investments, thus becoming one of Latvia’s most popular start-ups in the eyes of investors. Total investments at the company have already reached EUR 1.5 million.
The European Railroad Lines, Ltd, company, which is handling the first stage of the Rail Baltica project in Latvia, has just announced an international sketch design competition, “An idea for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway bridge and complex development of the central multimodal public transport hub in Rīga.” This is part of the high-priority Rail Baltica project, which is part of the European transport network.
Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady of Latvia, Iveta Vējone, had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday, July 19. During the audience, the President of Latvia invited Her Majesty to visit Latvia in 2018 for the celebration of Latvia’s centennial.
According to the European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the Innobarometer of the European Comission, Latvia has become the “fastest growing innovator”.
During a working visit to Riga, Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion met with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the diplomats spoke together about the decisions made at NATO’s Warsaw Summit concerning the NATO battalion in Latvia in which Canada is the framework nation.