Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on December 4 started a working visit to neighboring Belarus.
Latvia's trailblazing news weekly Ir magazine has been given the inaugural Peter Greste Freedom of Speech Award, named after the renowned Latvian-Australian journalist.
The annual charity collection effort run by the public youth radio station Pieci_LV is up and running and able to take your donations.
The latest in a regular series of snapshots of public opinion suggests Latvians are becoming gradually more optimistic about their prospects, though the general mood is still pretty downbeat.
The Latvian Association of Family Physicians has decided to end a work to rule that began in July this year and has made new demands to the Health Ministry, warning that they may resume their action if the demands are not met, reported LETA December 1.
Starting September 1, 2019 the Riga municipality will offer extra lessons for Riga minority language students, held in their native language, said Riga mayor Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) appearing on LTV on November 30.
Also last year Latvia reported the highest number of new AIDS cases in the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA), but the situation has slightly improved from 2015, said Inga Upmace, the board chairwoman of the Baltic HIV Association.
On November 30 the Latvian parliament passed the new healthcare bill in the second, non-final reading. The bill proposes that people paying social security taxes will have full access to public healthcare.
A Latvian Radio investigation reveals a scheme in which agencies putting up Latvian children for adoption abroad may be earning millions a year for this service, offering privileged adoption for cash, with orphanages and institutions like the Riga Family Court possibly playing a role in the scheme.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said November 28 it has received the final version of a study by the University of Latvia’s Center for the Diaspora and Migration Studies (CDMS), entitled “Engagement and Cooperation with Diaspora Scientists”. The study identifies problems and possible solutions to promote engagement and cooperation with scientists from Latvia living abroad and scientists of Latvian descent.
Latvia may keep a further €25 million thought to have been stolen in Ukraine, but the move has been contested at the highest level by a Ukrainian off-shore firm, reported LTV's De Facto on November 26.
Provisional data from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2016 social protection expenditure in Latvia accounted for EUR 3.7 billion and, compared to 2015, it grew by EUR 151 million or 4.2 %.
In a development that sounds like it is straight from the pen of Nikolai Gogol, officials in Latvia's eastern city of Rēzekne are struggling with a shortage of officially-sanctioned grave sites and a parallel problem of advance reservations for eternal rest.
Riga Regional Court has approved releasing businessman Boriss Rjazanskis, who in 2015 was convicted of bribery and handed down a five-year prison sentence - but appealed the verdict, on EUR 0.5 million bail, the LETA newswire reported November 23.
This is a video that needs little introduction save to say it involves an unwise flag theft by two Austrian visitors and an absolutely epic telling-off administered by Riga's municipal police force in fluent English - with a little bit of German at the end for good measure!