Miks Vizbulis, a Latvian resident in England, has opened his second small cafe, despite the pandemic, at the end of September, Latvian Television reported September 29.
On 21 September 2020, Elita Gavele took up the post of Ambassador-at-Large for the Diaspora at Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to an official statement.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 29th anniversary of Latvia’s accession to the United Nations, an exhibition titled “Baltic Appeal to the United Nations” and jointly produced by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the National Archives of Latvia and the Latvian National Library was unveiled on 18 September 2020.
During the COVID-19 crisis, residents are returning to Latvia after many years of absence. In some regions of Latvia, data shows that there were even more remigrants in this half-year than a year ago, Latvian Radio reported September 14.
Poetry reading event "Sirds uz perona" (Heart on a Platform), held within the framework of Poetry Days festival, this year had an unprecedented response from the Latvian diaspora. Latvians and friends in fourteen countries took to train stations and elsewhere to read poetry, sing, connect.
This summer, many Latvians living abroad have already visited Latvia, and many are still planning to do so. However, the requirement of self-isolation when arriving in Latvia from the United Kingdom is not the only issue - many have expired travel documents, Latvian Television reported August 27.
Latvian Inese Freiberga, for thirteen years, has brought joy and aesthetic pleasure with her floral bouquets and compositions to the German town of Münster, LSM reported August 9.
New research by a leading academic into Latvia's diaspora community and patterns of emigration and immigration shows that Latvia's diaspora numbers around half a million members, compared to just under two million people living in Latvia itself.
The 2-year trip has ended. Latvian traveler, Kārlis Bardelis, may have become the first person to have crossed the Pacific Ocean alone in a paddle boat, without an engine, sails or an accompanying ship, reported Latvian Television on July 4.
Aija Donika, a professional chef, has opened a bakery in Leicester, England, selling Latvian cakes, Latvian Television reported on June 29.
At the beginning of May, a special store opened its doors in Bavaria, Germany. It is the only shop in Germany that sells exclusively Latvian-produced groceries. The owner, Sandra Balcere, spoke to LSM.lv on May 24 about her business.
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.