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.
Latvia is the world’s 37th most competitive country, according to the World Competitiveness Ranking that is organised by the IMD World Competitiveness Center in Switzerland.
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.
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).
Latvian architecture boasts a wealth of beautiful buildings, from historic and unique examples of wooden houses to contemporary buildings of varied design and offering new combinations of materials.
The first meeting of transportation ministers from the Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) and China (the 16+1 format) and a business conference were held in Rīga May 16-17.
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.
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.
LATVIA: FROM TRADITION TO CONTEMPORARY TALENT* Present in the international cinema market for the last five years, Latvia has come to Cannes with an increase in its production slate and cash rebates.
On Europe Day, May 9, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the presentation of a book titled “Return to Europe 1990-2015: From International Recognition to the First Presidency of the European Union,” in the presence of the book’s authors.
After extensive restoration and reconstruction, the Latvian National Museum of Art reopened its doors to visitors at 10:00 AM on May 4, 2016. The museum is located at Valdemāra Street 10 in Rīga.