President sends off ambassador-designates to Denmark and Finland

President Raimonds Vejonis today handed letters of credence to Latvia’s ambassador-designate to Denmark Alda Vanaga and Latvia’s ambassador-designate to Finland Kristine Naseniece, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry.

Vanaga has received a master’s degree in law from the University of Latvia and has taken a number of international education courses in Belgium, Germany and the UK. At present, she is the Foreign Ministry’s Under Secretary of State-Administrative Director.

Since 1992, when Alda Vanaga began working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has worked at the Embassy of Latvia in Germany, was in charge of the Consular Department of the Foreign Ministry and was Director of the EU Co-ordination Department. Before being appointed Ambassador of Latvia to Denmark, Alda Vanaga was Ambassador, Head of the Legal and Consular Directorate of the Foreign Ministry and Ambassador to Portugal.

As reported, Latvia’s previous ambassador to Denmark Kaspars Ozolins joined the State Chancellery in July as deputy of the Chancellery’s director Janis Citskovskis in charge of policies for countering hybrid threats.

Naseniece has been working at the Foreign Ministry since 2000. She started her career at the State Protocol and later dealt with EU matters at the department for EU politics and later at Latvia’s Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. Since 2011, Naseniece has been heading the ministry’s EU Co-ordination Department.

Naseniece has a bachelor’s degree in philology from the University of Latvia.

Naseniece is succeeding Ugis Bambe as Latvia’s ambassador to Finland.

In a flurry of diplomatic events, Finland's outgoing ambassador to Latvia Olli Kantanen was on July 31 presented with Latvia's highest civil honor, the Order of the Three Stars, for promoting bilateral relations between the two countries. 

Meanwhile, Solvita Āboltiņa - a formidable if, late in her career, not successful former politician - was appointed Latvia's ambassador to Italy, a move anticipated and reported on by LSM

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