The Romantika ferry operated by Tallink arrived in Rīga yesterday evening carrying some 476 Baltic residents from Germany after they were unable to cross into Poland to return to their home country.
Latvians are being repatriated with charter flights from across Europe, but more than 1,000 remain outside the EU. Latvia is cooperating with other member countries to help these citizens return, said Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs appearing on Latvian Radio March 18.
On the evening of March 16, Poland opened the border with Germany to foreign buses and minibuses with more than seven seats, allowing some Baltic residents to return home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Vietnamese media report that a Latvian national has tested positive for COVID-19 in the country.
Latvian airline airBaltic will be operating additional flights on March 16, before the closure of international passenger traffic on March 17.
Valmiera native Jānis Uzāriņš has returned to Latvia after seven years in England, and regaining the feeling of home along with his family and career makes him feel like a millionaire, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13.
Father of three Armands Džeriņš moved back to Liepāja after 13 years in Ireland to start his own metalworks company in Latvia, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 12.
Kristīne Dambe began her university studies in the United Kingdom in 2006 and eventually had a bright career with the national financial regulator, however after 11 years she decided to get off the island and bring her knowledge and experience back to Latvia, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 11.
Rūdolfs Kadakovskis left Latvia to study in Denmark after finishing high school, but now he has been back in Latvia for a year and a half and has learned a lot, according to Latvia Radio on January 26.
Latvian diaspora playwright and artist Raimonds Staprāns tool Latvian Television's “Literatūre” (“Literature Tour”) show on a tour of his common with fellow diaspora member and writer Anšlavs Eglītis past during the 1950s in Oregon in the first show of the new season on January 17.
In a few weeks Latvian wife Inesa and Russian, German dual citizen husband Dimitry will move from Leicester in the United Kingdom to Latvia, according to Latvian Television's “Panorāma” broadcast on January 13.
Despite Latvia having more vacancies than people to fill them, there are several barriers that keep citizens from returning from abroad and entering the workforce. State institutions, employers, vacancy sites, as well as family and friends residing in Latvia need to work together to change the mindset and carry this news abroad, according to Latvian Radio.
The Latvian Institute, the government-backed agency responsible for promoting Latvia's name internationally, has launched a new feature on its website to keep track of the many Latvia-related events happening all around the world.
Latvian product tanker Ance was attacked on September 16, while at anchor off the west African coast, the Maritime and Crimean Shipping News portal reported.
Latvian nationals residing abroad will also in future be able to indicate their official address in Latvia in addition to their home address according to the first reading of amendments to the Law on Declaration of Place of Residence, approved by the Saeima on Thursday, September 12.
The Latvian sailor, detained with the rest of the ship's crew as Iran seized the British tanker Stena Impero, has been allowed to contact his immediate family.
The Latvian Language Agency (LVA) is accepting applications for the 2019./2020 intake of pupils for the Latvian language distance learning course on lva.classflow.lv. The course is meant for diaspora children aged 7–8.
On 14 June 2019, the former Deputy of the Saeima Vaira Paegle died in her home in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States, according to her daughter Laila's statement on “Facebook”.
For ten years now, American stores have been selling rye-bread prepared according to a Latvian recipe. The bread is baked in a bakery shop located in Brooklyn, New York. It was introduced to the bakery by a Latvian-born professor at the University of Maryland, Jānis Melngailis. Latvian Television caught up with him at “Rodman's”, a chain store situated on the outskirts of Washington.
The second European Latvian Cultural Festival (ELKS) will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 13 June to 16 June, organizers have confirmed. The event brings together artistic groups from all over Europe and beyond, with seventeen different countries set to be represented.
April 11 saw the release of new research on a subject regarded as one of the most important in determining the form of Latvia's future: the diaspora.
With World War II refugees as his parents - a father from Latvia and a mother from Poland - American citizen Albert Zulps grew up in Canada. He works as an architect for Skanska, a multinational construction company. In 2019 Albert visited Latvia for the first time, determined to explore his roots while a guest lecturer at Rīga Technical University.
On 2 April 2019, the Latvian Cabinet approved the Development Cooperation Policy Plan for 2019 drawn up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The plan sets out Latvia’s Development Cooperation Policy Guidelines for 2016–2020.
The Latvian Association in Scotland is holding the first-ever get-together in Edinburgh on April 5-7.
A new "Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora" has been appointed, with a brief to communicate with Latvia's large overseas population - and perhaps persuade a few to return home into the bargain.
Latvian stands have proven to be very popular at traditional Christmas markets in Germany this winter, reports Latvian Radio.
The Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee on October 20 reached agreement on a definition of what constitutes Latvia's "diaspora" to be included in the Diaspora Law.