Posts published in Baltic states

Flights to Norway, Sweden could be canceled from Saturday

Friday, September 18, 2020

The coronavirus rate in Norway and Sweden has passed 25 per 100,000 – the cut off point for direct flights to and from Estonia. If the government does not add both countries to the list of exceptions flights will be suspended from Saturday. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Norway has a two-week average infection rate of 28.6 per 100,000 inhabitants and Sweden 29.4. The…

Latvia works on saliva-based COVID-19 tests

Friday, September 18, 2020

Health Ministry’s chief infectologist Uga Dumpis said September 18 that work on the use of saliva-based tests for COVID-19 diagnostics is taking place within the framework of the National Research Program. Dumpis said that it was not yet possible to say when it could be done in practice. It would be particularly handy for testing children, who find the current method unpleasant. He explained that the method of taking saliva…

Lithuania to block freight traffic if Belarus closes borders

Friday, September 18, 2020

On Friday, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said that if Belarus closed its border, Lithuania would also block freight coming from the neighbouring country. Alexander Lukashenko  announced plans to close the borders with Lithuania and Poland on Thursday, but Lithuanian border guards said the traffic remains normal on Friday. Later on Friday, Belarusian State Border Committee confirmed it had beefed up border protection, but said the crossing points were in full…

Latvia’s schools short of math teachers

Friday, September 18, 2020

Many schools lack mathematics teachers. At Rīga Secondary School No.40, not a single math lesson has taken place for the sixth-graders this year, Latvian Television reported September 17. Math classes do not take place for sixth-grade students at Rīga Secondary School No.40 – there is nobody who teaches them. Pupils are delighted. Parents are angry and looking for solutions, worried that there will be gaps in education. “Some are looking…

Rīga remains most affordable of Baltic capitals for housing

Friday, September 18, 2020

Rīga has maintained and even strengthened its position as the most affordable of the Baltic capital cities in the residential real estate market despite changed conditions as a result of the coronavirus crisis, according to Swedbank’s latest Baltic Housing Affordability Index released September 17. “During the second quarter of 2020, the Baltic economies, like the rest of the world, were hit by the corona crisis. In the housing markets of the…

Latvian weekend: home producers, nature travel, film festival

Friday, September 18, 2020

Autumn wind has been tearing through Latvia – but don’t let it scare you! Here are some events indoors and outdoors for a fun weekend. On Saturday, September 19, local home producers are opening their doors for everyone to visit. All producers listed on the  “Novada garša” online catalog   are taking part; this Saturday, no prior registration is needed. From fruit and vegetables to bread and beverages, all kinds…

Dombrovskis: Trade must be both free and fair

Friday, September 18, 2020

Trade must be not only free but also fair, said Valdis Dombrovskis, executive director of the European Commission, who currently performs the duties of EU Trade Commissioner , in an interview to Latvian Radio September 18. He said he would work to maintain a rules-based multilateral trading system. “It is currently being negatively affected on many sides,” Dombrovskis said, pointing out, for example, Donald Trump’s policies. Consequently, the European Union…

Job vacancies dropped by a third in second quarter in Latvia

Friday, September 18, 2020

September 18 data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the end of the second quarter of 2020 there were 20 thousand job vacancies in Latvia, which is 10.4 thousand vacancies or 34.2 % less than in the second quarter of 2019. In public sector there were 8.1 thousand and in private sector 11.9 thousand job vacancies. Over the year, the number of job vacancies in private sector fell by 10 thousand or 45.7 %, while in…

Latvian banking system made quicker for foreign investors

Friday, September 18, 2020

The Ministry of Economics (EM), the Latvian Investment and Development Agency (LIAA) together with the financial sector have developed a questionnaire for foreign investors intended to save time, EM told Latvian Radio September 18. Foreign investors will have to complete a questionnaire before they wish to start their activities in Latvia. The purpose of the questionnaire is to find out the origin of the potential investor’s money and what the company’s true…

Lithuania asks US support on Astravyets NPP issue

Friday, September 18, 2020

The US Department of Energy is well-informed about Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) project, and Lithuania is asking for American support in ensuring the facility is run safely, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said. Linkevičius met with US Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes during his visit to Washington on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said. “The Department of Energy is well-informed about the situation in Astravyets,” the minister said…