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Latvia commemorates WWII victims on May 8
Latvia commemorates WWII victims on May 8
May 8 is the day in Europe and Latvia to commemorate the defeat of Nazism and the victims of the Second World War. Commemorations are held in several Latvian cities, including, as every year, at the Riga Brethren (Brāļu) Cemetery, where wreaths and flowers were laid by the country's top officials.
Latvia’s towns as a battlefield of the USSR-Germany war
Latvia’s towns as a battlefield of the USSR-Germany war
On May 8, the date marking the defeat of Nazism and a day to commemorate the victims of the Second World War, it is important not only to remember the end of the war as a watershed between the war-time and post-war Europe, but also to understand the losses and devastation that this war brought to the people and state of Latvia.
Open-air exhibit to show destruction of war in Latvian cities
Open-air exhibit to show destruction of war in Latvian cities
This week, the exhibition "1944 – The War-Caused Fractures in Latvian Urban Landscape" will be opened at the Freedom Monument. An open-air exhibition, with the help of historical images, tells the story of the destruction of the most damaged cities in Latvia in World War II, Latvian Radio reported on May 7.
Latvia marks May 4 restoration of independence
Latvia marks May 4 restoration of independence
May 4, 2024 marks exactly 34 years since the restoration of Latvia's independence after decades of Soviet occupation. On May 4, 1990, Latvia proclaimed its independence from the USSR, and the restoration of the Republic of Latvia.
New Cheka exhibit on display at 'Corner House' in Rīga
New Cheka exhibit on display at 'Corner House' in Rīga
On April 18, a new exhibition dedicated to the resistance movement "National Guard/Nacionālā sardze" and its leader Jūlijs Bračs will open at the Occupation museum's branch in the former KGB building ('Corner House'), Latvian Radio reports.
Train trips from Poland to Latvia will be nothing new
Train trips from Poland to Latvia will be nothing new
After the Easter holidays, Poles often start thinking about where to go on vacation. Latvia is becoming more and more popular as a destination with Ryanair flying to Rīga from three locations: Warsaw-Modlin, Krakow and Gdańsk. However, most often people go to Latvia by bus or private car. The Rail Baltica train connection still has to wait until at least 2030, but eventually it will be possible to reach even Tallinn from Warsaw via Rīga on the railway.
New stamp dedicated to ancient rafting trade
New stamp dedicated to ancient rafting trade
On April 12, Latvian Postal Service (Latvijas Pasts, LP) will issue a new postage stamp dedicated to the intangible cultural heritage of Latvia – the Gauja rafters, said LP.
The little bit of Beethoven in the heart of Rīga
The little bit of Beethoven in the heart of Rīga
Only about a hundred meters from the building of the Latvian National Art Museum, on Skolas Street 3, there is a four-story brick building with elements of romanticized historical styles.
100 years of Latvians and alcohol: Part Three
100 years of Latvians and alcohol: Part Three
Alcohol consumption in Latvia is periodically brought to the attention of our society. There is good reason - statistics show that we are among the leaders in consumption in Europe. Historians Gatis Krūmiņš and Ilmārs Mežs present a historical overview of how different governments have tackled the alcohol problem in Latvia over the last 100 years, and what has or has not been achieved.
100 years of Latvians and alcohol: Part Two
100 years of Latvians and alcohol: Part Two
Alcohol consumption in Latvia is periodically brought to the attention of our society. There is good reason - statistics show that we are among the leaders in consumption in Europe. Historians Gatis Krūmiņš and Ilmārs Mežs present a historical overview of how different governments have tackled the alcohol problem in Latvia over the last 100 years, and what has or has not been achieved.
100 years of Latvians and alcohol: Part One
100 years of Latvians and alcohol: Part One
Alcohol consumption in Latvia is periodically brought to the attention of our society. There is good reason - statistics show that we are among the leaders in consumption in Europe. Historians Gatis Krūmiņš and Ilmārs Mežs present a historical overview of how different governments have tackled the alcohol problem in Latvia over the last 100 years, and what has or has not been achieved.
Urgent fire safety works start in Rīga's 'Corner House'
Urgent fire safety works start in Rīga's 'Corner House'
SJSC "Valsts nekustamie īpašumi" (State Real Estate, VNĪ) has started emergency works in the former KGB building (Corner House) related to the dismantling of the fire detection and alarm system and the construction of a new system throughout the building, VNĪ said on April 4.
Daugavpils fortress hopes for bright cultural future
Daugavpils fortress hopes for bright cultural future
New opportunities arise for the fortress of Daugavpils by the cooperation agreement signed on April 2 between Daugavpils municipality and the Latvian Palace and Manor Association (LPMA). Cooperation with LPMA will allow for research, preservation, and promotion of the cultural and historical values of Daugavpils Fortress, Latvian Radio reported. 
Promises of maternity hospital uncovered while demolishing slum
Promises of maternity hospital uncovered while demolishing slum
Demolishing a slum outside Gaiļezers Hospital in Rīga, workers have found a capsule with a message for generations to come. It shows plans to build a maternity home next to the hospital, which was never completed, Latvian Television reported on April 1.
Historic Mežotne Palace may be sold off
Historic Mežotne Palace may be sold off
If no potential tenant of Mežotne Palace applies for its current lease auction by April 4, the State Real Estate agency (Valsts nekustamie ipašumi, VNĪ) is ready to sell off the architectural monument of national importance, reports Latvian Television.
Latvia will attempt to sell 'Corner House'
Latvia will attempt to sell 'Corner House'
The government decided on Tuesday, March 26, to sell the former KGB building, the so-called Corner House, at Brīvības Street 61 in Rīga, preserving the lease rights of the Latvian Museum of Occupation until the end of 2050.
March 16 events passed peacefully
March 16 events passed peacefully
Latvian Legionnaires who died in the Second World War were commemorated in an unofficial annual parade in Rīga March 16 and a less controversial event at Lestene cemetery.
Book shows Latvian traditional skirts; they had pockets!
Book shows Latvian traditional skirts; they had pockets!
The Latvian National Museum of History (LNVM) has launched a new book “Skirts in Latvia in the early 19th-20th century”. It's a voluminous study devoted specifically to this traditional clothing. The book compiles 500 types of skirts, part of the museum's clothing and textile collection that covers all regions of Latvia.
Latvian architects plan creative centenary celebrations
Latvian architects plan creative centenary celebrations
This year, in 2024, the Latvian Association of Architects (LAB) is celebrating its centenary. To mark the special occasion, members of the Association have prepared a special offer for schools, universities, media, non-governmental organizations, state institutions, companies and other interested parties, by dedicating
100 minutes of their time to a social activity free of charge.

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