Latvian Radio's investigative broadcast 'Atvērtie Faili' ('Open Files') reported September 7 on why some Latvian companies are choosing to continue their exports to Russia despite that country's brutal attack on Ukraine.
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?
Enjoying the power of song, the German Bundestag President Bärbel Bas recently attended the Latvian Song Festival anniversary celebrations. While visiting Riga, she also held political talks with five other speakers of parliaments, congratulated the newly inaugurated Latvian president and found a moment to talk to LSM.
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?
The LGBTQ+ community in Latvia is often subject to intolerant comments and sometimes violent attacks. Not only do the comments come from social media but also the parliament. Latvian Radio's investigative broadcast Atvērtie faili analyzed the situation in Latvia's eastern region Latgale, where surveys have shown people to be the least tolerant with regard to LGBT issues.
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.
La nouvelle année 2023 a commencé et "La Lettonie en revue" continue. Les articles ont été sélectionnés à la seconde moitié de décembre 2022 et du janvier 2023. Cette fois, ils portent sur l'actualité politique, l'actualité économique, le soutien de la Lettonie à l'Ukraine, sur la Fête nationale du Chant et de la Danse.
It can feel like Liepāja is the city every Latvian - or at least every Rigan - would move to if only their jobs allowed it. That was certainly what I heard often enough during the three years I spent based there, until I left in early 2020. And it doesn’t take much head-scratching to see why: Latvia’s third-largest city is in a pretty extraordinary geographic location, held on a fragile span of land between the Baltic Sea and the sprawling Lake Liepāja, muffled on either side by thick forests and fringed by mile after mile of empty, pristine sand.
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.