Population of Latvia still in steady decline
Latvia's population continues to decline at an appreciable rate, though at a slightly slower rate than in recent years, according to dtaa released by the Central Statistical Bureau on October 17.
Watch: Rīga Conference Day 2
October 11 and 12 see the return of the Rīga Conference, an annual geopolitical talking-shop in the Latvian capital involving several hundred participants from the fields of politics, defense, academia and the media.
Watch: Rīga Conference Day 1
October 11 and 12 see the return of the Rīga Conference, an annual geopolitical talking-shop in the Latvian capital involving several hundred participants from the fields of politics, defense, academia and the media.
Anti-corruption cops nab former Daugavpils mayor... again
The former mayor of Latvia's second largest city, Daugavpils, has been detained by officers of the Corruption Prevention and Combating Burea (KNAB), Latvia's dedicated anti-graft force, LTV reported October 9. It named politician Rihards Eigims as the detainee.
Rīga Conference two days away
Friday 11 October sees the start of the annual Rīga Conference, an annual geopolitical talking-shop that takes place in the Latvian capital.
Worrying rise in tick infection rates
By October 7, the number of people infected with tick-borne encephalitis in Latvia this year has increased by 6.8 percent as compared to 2018, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Rīga trash to be split four ways under new council plan
Procurement for waste management in Riga will be launched in two weeks, and seven-year contracts will be signed with the winning bidders, Riga Mayor Olegs Burovs (Honor to Serve Riga party) told reporters after a meeting with representatives from the Competition Council and the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry on October 7.
Public asked to refrain from burning leaves
Something of which Latvia has no shortage at this time of year is leaves. Latvians are famously a nation of tree-lovers, if not tree-huggers, and many a rake will be flashing in the autumn sunshine this week. 
Road agency corruption suspects released
The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) on October 3 released Edgars Strods, a former board member of Latvijas Valsts Celi (LVC) state road management company, and businessman Armands Zeihmanis from a police detention facility, the LETA newswire said. 
Open data hackathon planned for Valmiera
The first “Open Data Hackathon for Municipalities 2019” will be held from October 18th to October 19th in the northern Latvian city of Valmiera. The 24-hour creative hackathon aims to raise public and IT entrepreneurial awareness of the potential of open data, organizers say.
Latvia ranked 36th in world Social Progress Index
Latvia performs reasonably well in a recent set of international rankings called the Social Progress Index which describes itself as "a comprehensive measure of real quality of life, independent of economic indicators. The Social Progress Index is designed to complement, rather than replace, economic measures such as GDP," according to its creators, U.S. based Social Progress Imperative.
Court nixes government decision on University of Latvia rector
The chaotic situation at the top of Latvia's pre-eminent educational institution grew further September 30 when the Administrative District Court suspended the Cabinet of Ministers' decision not to approve Indriķis Muižnieks as the University of Latvia rector, reported LETA.
Busy end to September for NATO's Baltic Air Police
Last week was a busy one for NATO's Baltic Air Policing mision. Between September 23-29 NATO fighter aircraft carried out eight alert scrambles to identify and escort aircraft in the airspace over the Baltic Sea, according to information published by the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.
€650,000 needed to restore canal side of Rīga Central Market
A total of €650,000 is needed to repair the Rīga canal side which has caved in by the Central Market. A city council committee has supported granting the funds but the reconstruction still has to be approved by the Rīga councilors, reported Latvian Radio September 26.