Posts tagged as Latvians

More to be done to engage young Latvians

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

New research by a leading academic into Latvia’s diaspora community and patterns of emigration and immigration shows that Latvia’s diaspora numbers around half a million members, compared to just under two million people living in Latvia itself. The research by Dr. Mihails Hazans of the University of Latvia was carried out for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and presented in Rīga July 6 but comes with the caveat that to is very difficult…

Study says Latvians keen on illegal Internet torrents

Monday, June 29, 2020

Nearly every fifth inhabitant of Latvia uses torrents (illegal data streaming sites), revealed a survey conducted by the international Internet research and technology company Gemius,  and audit study, association On Legal Content  chair Dace Kotzeva said to Latvian Television June 29. She said that such a study had never been conducted before in Latvia. Funding was provided by the Ministry of Culture. The audit was conducted over February, March and April 2020.…

Latvians celebrate independence day at home

Monday, May 4, 2020

Amid the coronavirus epidemic, Latvia is celebrating its 30th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union more quietly than usual. Due to the state of emergency, there are no big public events for Latvia’s Independence Restoration Day this year, but Latvians were invited to mark the occasion at home by decorating their windows with celebratory messages, BNN reports. “This year, thirty years since the adoption of the Declaration On the…

Quarantine economy: Estonians cook, Latvians garden, Lithuanians gamble

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Except for grocery shopping, Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians have been using their bank cards up to 50 percent less since the coronavirus epidemic began, according to data published by Swedbank. Each nation, however, has been focusing their spending on different things. According to the data collected by Swedbank’s research division, Estonians are hunkering down on food, Latvians are turning to gardening, and Lithuanians have been more prone to gambling. Here…

Prime Minister с Latvians to wear face masks

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) wears a mask himself when going to the store and urges others to do so as well to protect those around them, as the war against the Covid-19 novel coronavirus is not yet won, according to the press conference after a meeting of the coalition council on April 27. “Unfortunately this virus has not been defeated in the world, there is still not yet…

Latvians are getting more creative

Friday, April 17, 2020

As the social distancing period gets longer, Latvians are getting more creative with things to do while maintaining social distance. The internet is full of virtual museums and concert live streams, but if you’re looking to do something a bit out of the ordinary, check out our list of things to do this weekend from your home in Latvia, or anywhere in the world! The Latvian Natural History Museum’s favorite…

312 Latvians require urgent repatriation

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

312 Latvian nationals require an urgent return to the country, while those who wish to repatriate, but aren’t urgent cases, number in the several thousands, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevičs (New Unity) speaking on Latvian Radio April 15. Outside the number of those requiring urgent assistance, some have decided to return to Latvia through their own means, and yet a third group is able to stay abroad a…

Latvians are taking part in a novel trend of posting childhood photos

Friday, March 20, 2020

While exact figures can’t be procured, it seems that thousands of Latvians are taking part in a novel trend of posting childhood photos on social networks. A chain letter accompanying the initiative explains the goal of putting vintage photos online at this time: finding solace during the state-wide emergency caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. The letter is to be forwarded to everyone who likes the photos you’ve posted. “Don’t try to stop the game, as it…

Rinkēvičs: About 1,000 Latvians remain outside EU

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Latvians are being repatriated with charter flights from across Europe, but more than 1,000 remain outside the EU. Latvia is cooperating with other member countries to help these citizens return, said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs appearing on Latvian Radio March 18. People returning from the US are asked to arrive in any EU country while Istanbul is the preferred stop for those returning from Asia and Africa. The minister said…

Where do the Balts go to?

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Baltic countries have traditionally had high levels of emigration. It is estimated that 20% of Latvians live abroad, as do 17% of Lithuanians and 15% of Estonians. Western Europe is a hugely popular destination, while North America has also seen a big influx of Baltic immigrants over the years. So, what alternative places offer high standards of living and employment opportunities now? Dubai Dubai in the United Arab Emirates…