Posts published in Day: July 7, 2020

In May, twice as many guests in tourism accommodation as in April

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

According to data of the Central Statistical Bureau , in May 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 30 thousand, which is 88.5% less than in May 2019, CSB reported on July 7. Compared to April of this year, it has increased more than twofold. As compared to May of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 84.2 % and comprised 77.5 thousand nights. In May this year the number of foreign…

Tērbatas Street traffic-free for a month

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

It is planned to close nearly all Tērbatas Street in Riga from July 15 to August 16, giving it to pedestrians and traders, as well as to the development of cultural events, according to the agenda of the meeting of the temporary administration of Riga municipality Tuesday, July 7. Traffic on Tērbatas Street is scheduled to be closed on July 15 at 21:45 from ElizabetesStreet to Matīsa Street, as well as…

100 new electric vehicles available for public use in Riga

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Around 700 electric cars are currently on Latvian roads, but now another 100 are joining them. These environmentally-friendly cars will be able to be booked by an app and driven daily, reported financial institution  Altum on July 7. The project was implemented through a loan from the national development financial institution  Altum  Green Programme. So far, the first 100 electric cars will be available only in Riga. The new Renault Zoe…

Poll: 80% feel unable to influence politicians’ decisions

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Only about 18% of Latvia’s population believe they have some influence on what the Saeima and the government do, according to a survey conducted by the research centre SKDS, Latvian Radio reported on July 7. Most of the population said they do not see possibilities to impact the work of politicians. SKDS head Arnis Kaktiņš told Latvian Radio that this kind of survey has been conducted since 2013. Residents are asked to…

University of Latvia develops interdisciplinary study programs in English

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

To ensure internationally competitive education at the University of Latvia (LU), a change is being implemented in the study program offer, LU representatives said on July 7. Five new study programs are being developed at the Faculty of Humanities instead of the previous 14. “Aware of the current trends in humanities education, we will have developed high-quality, interesting study content, extending the opportunities for both local and foreign students,” said Professor Indra…

Lithuanian president in social media storm for not sharing umbrella with soaked boy

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

On July 6, heavy rains soaked the Statehood Day celebrations in the Lithuanian capital. The country’s president Gitanas Nausėda, however, found himself in a social media storm instead. A video shared widely among Lithuanian Facebook users showed an outtake from the president’s speech on Monday, where Nausėda is seen holding an umbrella next to a boy from the Ąžuoliukas choir who was drenched in rain and shivering. “Many people noticed…

Lithuania to purchase Covid-19 drug

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lithuania plans to purchase remdesivir, an antiviral drug used to treat Covid-19, the country’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday. “Part of the planned stock will be purchased on a centralised basis, that is, together with other European Union (EU) countries, and the remaining quantity will be acquired individually,” according to the ministry’s press release. Lithuania needs more than 2,400 doses of the drug and will initially seek to purchase about…

Closer cooperation between Lithuania and Poland needed

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says he will seek closer cooperation between Lithuania and Poland at their shared border to better deal with common security threats. A major fire in Lithuania’s southern town of Alytus and the coronavirus pandemic have highlighted the importance of smooth cross-border cooperation at the municipal level, the minister said in a press release after a visit to Sejny and Punsk. The two towns in northeastern…

Lithuanians in Paris celebrate Statehood Day

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

In an historic first on July 6, a sunny Monday, the Lithuanian ambassador in France rekindled the Eternal Fire on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier underneath the iconic Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The ceremony took place on the day Lithuania celebrated its Statehood Day and the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence. Ambassador Nerijus Aleksiejūnas laid a wreath in the colours of the Lithuanian flag on the…

Lithuanian Railways launch rebrand

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The state-owned railway company Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) and its subsidiaries are rebranding and will collectively be known under the abbreviated name LTG. The company says that its new arrow-shaped logo represents progress and movement and will streamline the branding across the entire group of companies – the cargo and passenger carriers (LTG Cargo and LTG Link) as well as LTG Infra which is responsible for infrastructure development. According to…