Nordics focus on business and environment in Daugavpils

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The first Nordic Days in Daugavpils, Latvia's second largest city, taking place on October 4 and 5 center on matters environmental and entrepreneurial.

Speaking at the Daugavpils City Council Tuesday, the ambassadors of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden with Daugavpils Mayor Jānis Lāčplēsis cited environment and business projects as important in cooperation between the Baltics and the Nordic countries, as well as underlined previous successes.

"Number one - it's something I'd call peace and stability. There is no war in the region," said Finnish Ambassador to Latvia Olli Kantanen.

Lāčplēsis noted Danish and Finnish help in improving Daugavpils' water supply, the use of Swedish innovations in heating, as well as projects carried out at the Daugavpils Fortress with Norwegian funds. 

"There are many of these projects, and they are found in practically every single of our development areas. Hopefully it'll be possible to develop them further, with an emphasis on business," said Daugavpils Mayor Jānis Lāčplēsis. 

Denmark's East Metal employs more than 300 people in Daugavpils, and the city has banks and other companies with Nordic capital. 

The Nordic Days in Daugavpils are organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers (Norden) and the embassies of the Nordic countries.

The event features discussions with entrepreneurs, a panel on sustainable political development, a conference on the role of education in bioeconomics as well as Nordic films and art at various venues in Daugavpils. 

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