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September’s foreign trade turnover in Latvia 7.7% higher than a year ago

In September 2020 the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.7 billion, which at current prices was 7.7 % larger than a year ago, of which the exports value of goods was 13 % higher, but imports value…

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NOVIDADES 5G TECHRITORY – 3RD BALTIC SEA REGION 5G ECOSYSTEM FORUM

Because one vendor alone, One government alone, One mobile operator alone, Will not be able to implement 5G. It has to be a collaborative effort.     The 5G Techritory Forum 2020 will be the third-annual event bringing together the…

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Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of the Baltic States and Poland: the proposal submitted to the Russian State Duma on the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is a regrettable attempt of historical revisionism

On Thursday, 25 June, the Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the Parliaments of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia issued a joint resolution on the proposal submitted to the Russian State Duma to revoke and invalidate the resolution of…

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Jāņi greetings from the President of Latvia Egils Levits

Jāņi is the most Latvian of all our national celebrations. Here and around the world, we embrace all Latvians on this day. We embrace all previous generations that have celebrated this day for thousands of years. Let us illuminate the…

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Latvian-initiated global call to combat the “infodemic” in the context of COVID-19 is endorsed by 130 countries

Acting on an initiative inspired by Latvia and prepared by 12 other co-authors (Australia, Chile, France, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, Senegal and South Africa) 130 countries of the United Nations Organization (UN) have delivered a cross-regional statement…

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Statement of the Presidents of the Baltic states

We, the Presidents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, honour the sacrifice of all victims and the Allied soldiers who defeated the Nazi regime on 8 May 1945,…

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How to Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Latvia’s Independence on the 4th of May

The year 2020 in the Latvian Centenary Program marks significant turning points in Latvia’s quest for freedom. It’s the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Restoration of the Independence of the Republic of Latvia on the…

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30th anniversary of the Restoration of Latvia’s Independence

On May 4, 2020 Latvia marks 30th anniversary of the Restoration of Latvia’s Independence. During World War II, the Republic of Latvia lost its independence. Latvia remained under the Soviet occupation even after the end of the war; the Soviet political…

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Latvia, together with other EU Member States, calls for the strengthening of the rule of law and European values

In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and…

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On the Declaration of Emergency Situation

In the light of the statement by the World Health Organization of 11 March 2020 that COVID-19 has been confirmed as pandemic and based on Section 4, Paragraph one, Sub-clause ‘e’ of the Civil Protection and Disaster Management Law, and…

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Arrangements for Latvian nationals to return home

As the COVID-19 disease has spread, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has been warning, in a timely and systematic manner, about difficulties travellers can expect abroad and about additional security measures introduced by various countries. On 12 March, when…

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Saeima approves decision on imposing additional precautionary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19

On Monday, 16 March, the Saeima held an extraordinary sitting and adopted the decision by the Cabinet of Ministers to extend the precautionary measures  taken during the emergency situation to limit the spread of COVID-19. As set out in the amendments…

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Announcement for travellers in Europe

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, a number of European countries for example, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Denmark, and Ukraine, are implementing special restrictions on travel, including by closing off their borders. Serious restrictions may be also…

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Address of the President of Latvia, Egils Levits, on the New Year’s Eve

Dear fellow men and women,   Although each of us is different and unique, there are moments shared by all. One of such moments –when each of us and all of us together will enter the new year, the 2020,…

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30 Years Ago: How A Photographer Captured The ‘Baltic Chain’ From Above

On the evening of August 23, 1989, photographer Aivars Liepins sat in his newspaper’s basement in Riga trying to decide where best to shoot the massive demonstration about to take place outside. He needed to be everywhere but had to…

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Egils Levits sworn in as President

On Monday, 8 July, at an extraordinary plenary sitting of the Saeima, Egils Levits assumed the duties of the President and took the solemn oath: “I swear that all of my work will be dedicated to the welfare of the…

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President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis commemorates victims of the Communist regime in the events in the Riga Castle, at the Freedom Monument, and in Litene

On Friday, 14 June 2019, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will commemorate the victims of the Communist terror across Latvia throughout the day, in the Riga Castle, at the Freedom Monument, and in Litene. When opening the events commemorating the…

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The Foreign Ministry’s Parliamentary Secretary Kalniņa-Lukaševica: Latvians worldwide contribute greatly to creating and strengthening the image of Latvia

From 3 to 5 May 2019, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica, took part in the 68th Annual Congress of the American Latvian Association (ALA) in Denver, U.S., and delivered an opening speech for the…

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Latvijas dalībai NATO – 15 gadi!

Pirms piecpadsmit gadiem – 29. martā – Latvija kļuva par pilntiesīgu NATO dalībvalsti, tādējādi apliecinot, ka savu nacionālo drošību un aizsardzību tā garantēs, sadarbojoties ar pārējām dalībvalstīm.   Latvijas līdzdalība NATO starptautiskajās operācijās un NATO Reaģēšanas spēkos (NRF) palīdz attīstīt…

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Latvia’s new Prime Minister announces his Cabinet

On Wednesday, 23 January, during its extraordinary sitting, the Saeima gave a vote of confidence to the new Cabinet of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš.   Addressing the Cabinet of Ministers headed by K. Kariņš, President Raimonds Vējonis…

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President Raimonds Vējonis’ Address at the Freedom Monument

Beloved nation of Latvia! Latvians near and far! I offer you sincere greetings on Latvia’s Centenary. I am truly honoured to celebrate this historic moment, this first Centenary, together with you. To celebrate with faith in our people and love…

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Pope at Mass in Latvia: Mary shows how be close to and care for others

On day 3 of his 4-day apostolic visit to the Baltic nations, Pope Francis Monday evening concluded his day-long visit to Latvia, celebrating Mass at the sanctuary of the Mother of God in Aglona.   Pope Francis delivered a homily…

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President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis emphasises the role of Latvia as a centre of excellence in logistics in the New Silk Road at the regional meeting of the World Economic Forum in China

On Wednesday, 19 September 2018, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis participated in the World Economic Forum’s 12th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (Summer Davos) in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China. Latvia offers an excellent digital infrastructure, by developing a…

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Press Statement by H.E. President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis After the Informal Meeting of the Arraiolos Group

These two days have been rich in events and new cognitions. I am honoured that my counterparts, the Heads of State from 12 countries, visit Latvia in the year marking the centenary of its statehood. This is a historic time…

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Participação Do Presidente Da República Na 14.ª Reunião Do “Grupo De Arraiolos”

A convite do seu homólogo letão, Raimonds Vējonis, o Presidente da República participará, nos dias 13 e 14 de setembro, na décima quarta reunião de Chefes de Estado do ‘Grupo de Arraiolos’. Este encontro, que se realiza em Rundāle e…

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21 August 1991 Adoption of the Constitutional Law on the Statehood of the Republic of Latvia

With 111 votes for and 13 votes against, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia adopted the Constitutional Law on the Statehood of the Republic of Latvia on 21 August 1991. It was a significant political turning point in…

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Marcelo desloca-se à Letónia em Setembro

O Presidente da República, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, desloca-se entre 12 e 14 de Setembro a Riga, na Letónia, para participar na 14.ª reunião de Chefes de Estado do Grupo de Arraiolos.   De acordo com o projecto de resolução…

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Acting State Secretary Alda Vanaga: Latvia and Portugal have good cooperation on student exchange

On 16 July 2018, the Acting State Secretary Alda Vanaga welcomed the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Portugal to Latvia, Henrique Silveira Borges, as part of his accreditation visits. The officials discussed bilateral relations between the two countries as…

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In the Song and Dance Celebration procession, the Diplomats Choir will carry a historic flag of the Latvian Envoy to the USA

On 1 July 2018, in the procession of the XXVI Latvian Song and XVI Dance Celebration, the Latvian Diplomats Choir will carry a 95-year-old historic flag passed on by the Envoy of Latvia to the United States of America –…

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Riga to welcome Honorary Consuls of Latvia from across the globe

From 2 to 4 July 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) will be hosting the ninth meeting of the Honorary Consuls of Latvia with the aim of informing them about the issues high on Latvia’s foreign policy agenda, its…

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Opening of Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia in Lisbon

It was a great pleasure and an honour to welcome the opening of Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Latvia in Lisbon! The fates of Latvia and Portugal intertwine in space and time! Portugal has recognized the independence of Latvia…

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Ambassador of Latvia Jānis Sīlis accredited to Portugal

On 3 April 2018, in an official ceremony, the Ambassador of Latvia Jānis Sīlis presented his letters of credence to the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. In a conversation following the accreditation ceremony, the parties emphasised…

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