Dill-obsessed and proud
Living in Denmark Krista Miltiņa came to look at Latvians from a different perspective, and now she's turned the artwork she created featuring these observations into a business after one of the drawings she posted blew up on social media.
Environmentally friendly farming could prove challenging
A European Commission (EC) report found that the transition to environmentally friendly farming could be the most challenging for the Vidzeme and Latgale regions of Latvia, so it suggests allocating almost 68 million euros to these regions for creating new workplaces, according to a Latvian radio broadcast on February 27.
Latvian unemployment rate was 6.3% in 2019
Results of the Labour Force Survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) and released February 24 show that 61,300 people aged 15–74 were unemployed in 2019.
Eco packaging company “woola” wins big at Techchill
Techchill showcased 50 of the most promising startups from the Baltics, Scandinavia, and Central Europe and the after the finalists pitched their ideas in front of conference audience, international VC's, business angels, accelerators, media, and the official judges Estonian startup woola came out on top winning the no-strings-attached 10,000 euro prize, according to organizers on February 21.
Credit rating upgrade for Latvia to historic high
Within hours of confirmation that the country would not be included on an international list of money-laundering havens, ratings agency S&P announced an upgrade to the highest rating Latvia has ever had.
“Big Shift” in tech - who do you trust?
Rīga turned into the Baltic tech capital for two days during the international Techchill tech conference on February 20 and 21, gathering around 2,000 attendees to discuss green tech, blockchain and 5G, while giving startups the opportunity to battle it out in a pitch competition for the grand prize of 10,000 euros, according to organizers.
2019 was a record year in Latvian agriculture
Provisional data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that Latvian farmers enjoyed one their most productive years ever, with records being broken for several crops.
Latvia sides with US in Huawei 5G fight
On February 19 the Latvian government signed a declaration with the United States regarding 5G network security, according to Latvian Television's “Panorāma” news broadcast on February 19.
Ziemupe road scaring away tourists
Ziemupe residents have asked the Ministry of Transport to improve the state roads leading into the village center, as the gravel surface becomes incredibly dusty during the summer tourist season, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 20.
Integrated rail plan for Rīga and regions being drawn up
An international team of experts has started working on a study which will evaluate how to integrate the existing Latvian railway network and the new Rail Baltica infrastructure in a single and coordinated railway network, the company behind the Rail Baltica project announced February 19.
Learning data analytics in Cēsis
In the future at least 1% of Cēsis residents could be working at various IT and data analytics companies, as 135 people have already applied to an initiative that includes three months of training to become a data analyst.
Businesses have three more weeks to apply for "power up"
Businesses in Latvia, including start-ups, small and medium sized enterprises and scale-ups, have until March 6 to apply for the PowerUp! Challenge competition hosted by EIT InnoEnergy and supported by the European Union.
Spring has arrived in Aizpute
Spring has already begun in the Aizpute greenhouse where the first pansies have already been picked and the momentary sunshine is enough for the microgreens to sprout, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13.
First Smart-ID users must update data
For those who began using the Smart-ID online authentication app three years ago, this year their accounts will expire and around 60,000 people will need to update their personal information, according to the Latvian Radio broadcast “Eiro fokusā” on February 11.
Languages of labor - Labdien, hello and zdravstvuyte
Along with Latvian, Russian and English, companies are increasingly asking that potential employees know a Scandinavian language, but experts say that although the situation is improving, employer needs frequently exceed the abilities of potential employees, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 12.
Annual inflation 2.2% in January
The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published February 11 show that in January 2020, compared to January 2019, the average level of consumer prices rose by 2.2 %. Prices of goods increased by 2.0 %, and prices of services – by 2.7 %.
Dairy confusion: “Trikata” vs. “Trikātas piens”
Trikata butter, which is owned by the Jelgava-based company Latvijas Piens (Latvian Milk), is currently being produced in Germany, while a new company has been producing organic dairy products in the Trikāta dairy plant for three years, according to a Latvian Television broadcast on February 9.