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Flying discs are taking over Latvia
Flying discs are taking over Latvia
“It's too far”, “that's a ridiculous angle”, “this disc just isn't right for me” – my first time playing disc golf, I kept blaming everything but myself for the dire lack of decent throws. I did, however, appreciate the scenic surroundings on the banks of the river Aiviekste and the opportunity to be outside moving about after a day of screen time. While I was skeptical, I did slowly start to understand why people might like the sport that involves lobbing discs towards long-legged metal baskets trying to get them in with a minimum amount of strategic throws. 
Latvia: the next hikers' paradise?
Latvia: the next hikers' paradise?
Travel brochures, promotional videos, and photos position Latvia as a place to venture into the wild and connect with nature. With more than 50% of the country covered in forest, it is undeniably green and enriched with lakes, rivers, swamps, and the coastline. But how accessible is this natural wilderness? Can you just hike wherever you like?
Dancing together, in life and on stage
Dancing together, in life and on stage
For Song and Dance Festival performers the actual 10-day spectacle is the culmination of months or, more likely, years of preparation. It means finding time for several rehearsals a week – a major commitment, which comes in addition to the choir, dance, or folk group's everyday activities, such as weekend performances. How do people juggle such an intense schedule with their other duties in life like being a parent and partner? 
How volunteers help the Latvian Song and Dance Festival happen
How volunteers help the Latvian Song and Dance Festival happen
Along with over 40,000 performers, the organising team and all the paid service providers, another group contributes greatly to the Song and Dance Festival – volunteers. This year, 1,000 people are dedicating their free time to ensure the festival's success. The youngest among them is 16 and the oldest 82. They were chosen from more than 1,500 applicants.  
Interview: Bringing 'sweat equity' to the Baltics
Interview: Bringing 'sweat equity' to the Baltics
An engineer by education, the Latvian-born but Stockholm-based Kristaps Prūsis went on to work in management consulting. After getting involved in several startups, he co-founded Vntrs venture studio and is its CEO. In the studio’s seven years of operation, it has invested in over 30 startups in the Nordic and Baltic region, including Beleco, Strawbees and Combify. It currently has offices in Stockholm and Tallinn with a total team of approximately 50 people. 
8 Future Foods from Latvia
8 Future Foods from Latvia
The power of peas, beans and buckwheat, insect protein and new production technologies – Labs of Latvia looks at some of the innovations that local food producers are bringing to the table. 
Latvia and Estonia collaborate to test potential of green hydrogen in transport sector
Latvia and Estonia collaborate to test potential of green hydrogen in transport sector
Over the next three years, the Latvian Hydrogen Association, waste management company ZAAO, the Vidzeme Planning Region and partners from Estonia and the Netherlands will work together to plan, develop and test the potential of green hydrogen in the transport sector in smaller regions, using the cooperation between Estonia’s Tartu and Latvia’s Vidzeme region as an example.
Latvian awaydays: science and technology tour
Latvian awaydays: science and technology tour
A science and tech-themed tour through Latvia gives insight into the past, present and future of the country. Several museums and attractions speak of the history of science, innovation and technological progress in Latvia, while newer additions foster interest in studying science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and developing a career in the field.