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19,000 people attended LAMPA festival
The LAMPA conversation festival attracted a total of around 19,000 visitors this year to its 270 separate events over two days, according to organizers.
Ukrainian accommodation still a pressing issue in Latvia
Accommodating Ukrainian refugees in Latvia keeps bringing forth new challenges, and residents are invited to assist with housing or with work at the support center, said Rīga mayor Mārtiņš Staķis in an interview with Latvian Television on July 4. 
Foreign Ministry specifies supported development projects
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has evaluated applications submitted for the grant competition entitled “Support for Development Cooperation Projects in designated recipient countries” and has awarded financing grants for the following projects to be implemented in 2022 and 2023, the Ministry confirmed July 1.
Rīga to call halt on refugee intake over funding issues
After failing to receive financial support from the central government, Riga will stop admitting more Ukraine war refugees from July 1 and will only continue to provide assistance to the refugees already living in the city, Riga Mayor Martins Stakis (For/Progressives) said at a news conference Tuesday.
Search for missing girl continues in Sigulda
Police, rescue crews and members of the public are assembling for a third day of searches in Sigulda, with as yet no sign of a 5-year-old girl named Evita who went missing June 26.
Search for missing girl in Sigulda
The search for a missing five-year-old girl is continuing in Sigulda, involving both police and volunteers from the general public.
Body of missing man recovered from River Gauja
The State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) searched for a man missing in the Gauja river since Wednesday, VUGD representative Ilze Dāme-Birziņa told Latvian Television on June 25.
Ai, Jānīti...
June 24 is Jāņi or Jāņu diena (John's day) in Latvia, so what better time to consider all the Jānis of Latvia? According to the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), 'Jānis' remains the most popular male forename in most parts of Latvia, though in areas with a high Russian-speaking population (including the capital Rīga), he hands over the first-place wreath to 'Aleksandrs'.
Photos: #UntilWeAreAllFree Rīga/Kyiv march for freedom
Until we are all free: this and similar slogans were chanted through Rīga streets on June 18 during the grand finale of the Rīga Pride week. The pride march this year took place in cooperation with Kyiv Pride, putting solidarity before enjoyment.
Bus full of donations travels from Valmiera to Ukraine
On June 7, a public transport bus began its travel of around 2000 kilometers from Valmiera to Trostianets in Ukraine. It is filled with a variety of useful items donated by residents, Latvian Television reported.
Interest in acquiring Latvian citizenship grows
Since March, with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the interest of Latvia's permanent residents in acquiring Latvian citizenship via naturalization has increased significantly, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) told LETA June 4.
Where did Ukrainians find refuge in March?
In March 2022, among the EU Member States for which data are available, Poland granted the highest number of temporary protection statuses to Ukrainians fleeing Ukraine (675 085) as a consequence of Russia’s invasion, according to Eurostat data published June 3.
Plans to close Latvia's only youth correctional center
It is planned to close the only juvenile social correction center in Latvia 'Naukšēni' as efforts to improve the work of this institution have not been successful, Minister for Education Anita Muižniece said after the coalition meeting on Monday, May 30.
Zolitūde tragedy case might be closed Monday
On May 30, 10:00, Riga Regional Court will hold an appeal hearing in the Zolitude tragedy case. The State Judicial Examiner Office has completed a technical expert examination of the documents, and the investigation could be completed after this hearing, Latvian Radio reported.
Ministry considers long-term aid for Ukrainians
With hotels being too expensive and housing difficult to find due to problems entering the job market, the context of Ukrainian refugees has created a lot of tension for local governments, which require a clear long-term plan. Interior Ministry now offers municipalities to purchase mattresses and consider food parcels instead of catering, Latvian Television reported May 26.
Aid for Ukrainians extended by 30 days in Latvia
On May 26, the Saeima decided to extend the primary aid for accommodation and catering of Ukrainian civilians fleeing the war, who had already applied for aid in Latvia before May 24.
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