Features
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. 
Podcast: Morten Hansen on the basics of economics
We are pleased to bring you another of the podcasts produced by the Stockholm School of Economics in Rīga in which LSM editor Mike Collier talks to guests who are experts in a particular field, from CEOs and artists to media strategists and researchers.
Home Alone with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš
Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš had to spend two weeks in self-quarantine at the start of the coronavirus crisis, and has since been leading a government remotely from a home office in times of social distancing. Alexander Welscher asks how it all works 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 from a special COVID-19 edition.
Quiz: Plague, cholera and TB – test yourself on the epidemic history of Latvia
Even though Covid-19 is the first major epidemic most of us are going through in our lives, it's definitely not the first to take place on Latvian soil. Numerous epidemics have passed through Latvia throughout the years, leaving traces in our history. Test your knowledge about epidemics and diseases from the Stone Age to the 20th century.
Let us help you entertain them
The Covid-19 virus has caused the Latvian government to close schools, ban public gatherings, impose quarantines and encourage social distancing - so what can parents do when the children are cooped up at home and are starting to get bored? While TV time is an easy fix, we've come up with some fun activities you can do at home to stimulate their brains and encourage exercise.
Video: The story of Latvia's "lats" currency
The latest episode of LTV's short documentary series "The Keys" concentrates on the story of the Latvian lats - the national currency which was an important symbol ever since independence was first won, but which disappeared with the adoption of the euro in 2014.

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