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Latvia's got personality: Parks historian Anitra Tooma
This year, Rīga’s oldest park, Viesturdārzs (also called Viestura dārzs), celebrates its 300th anniversary. A scholar with green thumbs is researching its eventful life and sharing the stories with the latest technology.
Latvia's got personality: Ice swimmer Brigita Mironova
With temperatures this winter dropping well below minus 20 degrees, you might think Latvians have all been snuggling in bed with a steaming mug of tea. But a growing band have embraced the season by plunging into freezing water.
Latvia's got personality: Queen of the castle Dita Balčus
For many Latvians, the house in the country is the ultimate battery recharger, where long summer days are spent tending the tomatoes and splashing in the pond. Few do it with more style than Dita Balčus and her daughters, who have turned an old aristocratic pile into a hotel and cultural hotspot.
Latvia's got personality: Timber artist Harijs Stradiņš
In one famous Latvian folk song, a maiden declares “I walked through the silver birch grove, without breaking a single twig.” Of course, not even Latvians are perfect, but our mushroom gatherers, sauna switch makers and Midsummer Eve lovers do try to disturb Mother Nature as little as possible.
Latvia's got personality: volunteering leader Mārtiņš Zeps
Writer Philip Birzulis meets a young Latvian who has inspired a team to do something really positive during the Covid-19 crisis. Helping vulnerable people with their shopping has uncovered a treasure trove of energy which can hopefully find more outlets to make life better.
Latvia's external image: what does it look like?
An image of Latvia is impossible to create without a view from the outside. However, Latvia's diaspora has not been involved in creation of this image for six years since an Image Policy Coordination Council has been formed, LSM's author in Germany Zane Pudule wrote November 9.
Study: Latvian society and COVID-19 news
Constant news about the pandemic and COVID-19 virus tend to worry and bring people down. Social sciences expert, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) professor Anda Rožukalne has conducted a study on Latvian society’s attitude towards COVID-19 related news.
Latvia's got personality: 'pirtniece' Kristīne Šišlova
From the Japanese onsen to the Turkish hammam, humans have devised many marvellous ways to get clean. Latvians have been doing it for millennia in wood-fired bathhouses called pirts, and the tradition is the perfect antidote to stressful modern life.
Wooden wonders of Rīga and Latvia
Latvia has a long tradition of building houses from natural resources. Wooden architecture is preserved in abundance in Riga, but also elsewhere in the Baltic State it has withstood hard times. Many beautiful wooden houses can still be admired in their original setting, writes Alexander Welscher, in this feature from Baltic Business Quarterly magazine which is published by the German-Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK) and is reproduced here with permission.
The Belarusian public has come of age. Interview with an activist in exile
After opposition activists set up the Coordination Council in Belarus, some started guessing that it could, in the future, serve as the basis for creating an alternative Belarusian government. Such a government could potentially operate in exile, too. At the same time, an organization called the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic is operating as well, abroad. It is currently based in Canada, led by Ivonka Survilla. Latvian Radio was unable to reach her but Aleś Čajčyc, Presidium member and Information Secretary of said Rada, agreed to an interview. Čajčyc is a Latvian citizen and lives intermittently in Rīga.
Belarusian in Latvia: A Letter to the Front Line
My name is Alexey Murashko and I'm a book designer. I have been living in Rīga for many years, but I was born and grew up in Belarus. I have never been a political activist, I'm more of a craftsman simply doing his job. But the time has come to express myself publicly. Such are the times, such the circumstances. First of all, I want to thank the many people in Latvia who have written to me expressing their support or asking me about the situation in Belarus. I was very touched by the multitude of people who arrived to the protest at the Embassy of Belarus in Rīga on August 12. Your interest is very important and I'm "forwarding" it to compatriots in my homeland. Many acquaintances here are asking me what's happening. I need but a few words to explain it: the authorities are waging war against the people. 

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