Posts published in Day: October 12, 2020

Estonia: Registered unemployment up half a percentage point for September

Monday, October 12, 2020

There were 49,093 registered unemployed in Estonia by the end of September, making up 7.6 percent of the entire workforce of people aged 16 and over. Compared to August, the increase in the number of unemployment is 0.5 percent. The highest rate of unemployment in September was in Ida-Viru County at 12.2 percent and the lowest was in Jõgeva County at 4.7 percent. There were 8,352 new unemployed people registered,…

Printful to open new Rīga facility

Monday, October 12, 2020

Latvian print-on-demand company Printful announced October 12 it is opening a third fulfillment center in Europe, and seventh globally. The new fulfillment center is in Rīga at Marupe Smart Park industrial space, and covers around 3,000 square meters with operations to be launched in the first quarter of 2021. It is Printful’s second fulfillment center in Riga and will initially serve as a storage and warehousing space, as well as boost capacity in the existing…

Metal buckets and straitjackets: probe highlights abuses in Lithuania’s social care homes

Monday, October 12, 2020

People locked up in dirty cells, forced to eat and defecate in the same room, using metal buckets instead of toilets. These and many more violations have been reported in three social care institutions in Lithuania. In early September, inspectors from the Ombudsperson’s Office at the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, found a man incarcerated inside Skemai social care home in northern Lithuania. According to the auditors, the resident had spent more…

Lithuania’s general elections – key takeaways

Monday, October 12, 2020

Lithuania’s general election is far from over and the make-up of the 13th parliament, Seimas, will not be known until after the decisive runoff vote in two weeks. However, we can draw some tentative conclusions. Results in the multi-member constituency (70 seats): Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS-LKD) –  24.8%  (23 seats) Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS) –  17.5%  (16 seats) Labour Party (DP) –  9.5%  (9 seats) Social Democrats (LSDP)…

Health Ministry to encourage further safety measures in Latvia

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Ministry of Health (VM) will encourage more mandatory use of masks, as well as stricter restrictions in certain educational settings, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said in an interview to Latvian Radio October 12. She said that a number of clarifications are scheduled for viewing by the government on Tuesday, October 13. The Minister refrained from mentioning specific changes but said that VM would also encourage the mandatory use of masks to…

Lithuania lifts self-isolation requirement for arrivals from 21 countries

Monday, October 12, 2020

As of Monday, people arriving in Lithuania from Estonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Norway, Germany, Fareire Islands and 14 other countries will no longer have to self-isolate. The other 14 countries include Bolivia, Kosovo, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Suriname, the Virgin Islands, South Africa, Turks and Caicos Islands, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. Lithuania’s updated blacklist of coronavirus-affected countries came into effect on Monday. After the change of…

Estonia: Car lease interest rates have risen by a quarter since 2017

Monday, October 12, 2020

Car leases for private consumers have become more costly over the last three years as lease interest rates have grown by a quarter. Interest rates of car leases have grown slowly but steadily. Three years ago, the average interest of insurance companies stood at 2.21 percent in August 2017, a year later that number was 2.26 percent. This means the rise in price over a year was 2 percent. A…

Travelers now have to register on covidpass.lv before entering Latvia

Monday, October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, new traveler registration system comes in force in Latvia. The website     covidpass.lv     contains a mandatory questionnaire to be completed by each traveler no sooner than 48 hours prior to entering Latvia. The person must indicate his or her name, surname, personal identity number, contact number for communication and address of the actual place of residence in which the person can be reached, as well as the…