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.
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.
Raimonds Vējonis (Greens/Farmers party) will assume the office of President, succeeding Andris Bērziņš.
The talented Latvian forward Kristaps Porziņģis was selected fourth overall by the New York "Knicks" in National Basketball Association (NBA) draft.
Latvian President Andris Bērziņš believes that Latvia's EU Presidency will be remembered as a time when Latvia helped ensure stability in Europe during a very changeable and complicated period.
The VIII Nordic-Baltic Choral Festival offers more than 20 events in both Rīga and Latvia's region from June 25 to 28.
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has elected Riga Graduate School of Law Prorector Mārtiņš Mits as judge to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).