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Finance minister backs Estonian funding of Nolan movie shot in Tallinn

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

According to Finance Minister Martin Helme (EKRE), the shoot in Tallinn for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie “Tenet” will have a broader positive impact on the local economy. For this reason, Helme has now said he is in favor of covering part of the production company’s costs out of Film Estonia’s funds. “Estonia stands to win a lot. On one hand, part of the support paid out will make it back…

Plaster to education: Latvian teachers’ pay increased for 2019 alone

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Latvian government has approved the rise of the lowest pay rate of teachers, but funds for this purpose have been earmarked only for the second half of 2019. The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers passed on Tuesday, June 18, amendments to the Rules of Teacher Salary, setting forth the increase from September 1 of the lowest rate of teacher salary from 710 to 750 euros. The funds would come from…

Weather forecast in Estonia: No rain on Midsummer Day

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Estonian Weather Service forecasts mostly clear skies and temperatures between 16 and 23°C for Sunday, and occasional clouds and between 15 and 24°C for Monday. This means that very different from recent years, neither bad weather nor a sudden temperature drop are to be expected for Midsummer. Midsummer is a bit of a cliche in Estonia in that the forecast is typically for rain or at least fickle weather,…

Never too late to marry – elderly marriages jump in Latvia

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Over the year 2018 in Latvia, the total number of marriages fell by 0.7%, the number of marriages concluded by elderly population grew 1.7 times, data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia showed. The Latvian official statistics body explained in a press release on Monday, June 17, that the rise was facilitated by the amendments made to the law On State Pensions, which set forth that As of 2019,…

Summer solstice week to be warm-to-hot in Latvia

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

As Latvia readies for the traditional summer solstice and Līgo festivities in the weekend, meteorologists expect the beginning of the week to be warm and sunny, whereas in the second half of the week, temperatures could rise and rain could set in. The Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre reported on Monday, June 17, that although the weather on Monday would be characterised by areas of rain throughout the territory…

If Estonians start war against Latvia, we will have no choise but to respond in kind – Karins

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

If Estonia has broken the agreement with Latvia regarding the excise tax on alcoholic beverages and “started this war”, Latvia will have no choice but to respond by reducing the excise taxes accordingly, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) told reporters after a meeting of the Cooperation Council today. Several years ago both countries agreed that Latvia would raise the excise tax to bring it closer to Estonia’s level, Karins…

Unmarried couples’ law to be proposed in Latvia

Monday, June 17, 2019

In the Latvian Saeima, this week, a draft Law on Unmarried couples would be proposed by the party alliance Attīstībai/Par!. Daniels Pavļuts, the leader of the liberal party alliance Attīstībai/Par!, commented on Monday, June 17, that the law would be meant for everyone in Latvia and «will not replace or endanger the concept of marriage in any way». «We provide an additional instrument bring security to two private individuals living…

New airport could be built between Vilnius and Kaunas

Monday, June 17, 2019

As the numbers of air passengers are growing in Lithuania, a new airport could be built between the country’s largest cities of Vilnius and Kaunas by 2035, the country’s Transport Minister Rokas Masiulis says, adding that the final decision is expected in 2022. “If that large growth in passenger flows continues, we will have no choice as we will need a new airport, and there are plans to build an…

US embassy in Latvia flew rainbow flag despite policy switch

Monday, June 17, 2019

In recent years US diplomatic missions around the world would hoist a rainbow flag alongside the US flag as a gesture of solidarity during the annual “LGBT Pride Month”. This year, however, such campaigns had to be coordinated with the Trump administration’s stance. As a result, US embassies in several countries, Latvia among them, took the decision themselves, reported LSM’s Russian service on June 16. In the past, flying the rainbow flag was…

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark to visit Estonia this weekend

Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 15 marks the 800th anniversary of the date when, according to legend, the Dannebrog, the red and white flag of Denmark, fell from the heavens during the Battle of Lyndanisse in modern-day Tallinn. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will be in Tallinn this weekend to take part in celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag, the 135th anniversary of the Estonian flag, Estonia’s centennial as well as…