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Ceturtdiena 21.09.2017 | Name days: Matīss, Modris, Mariss

Latvia eases citizenship provision process for Latvians and Livonians living abroad

Latvian Cabinet of Ministers has approved rules that provide Latvians and Livonians living abroad with rights to undergo repeated language exams to become Latvian citizens, as reported by Interior Affairs Ministry.

Latvia has third largest mobile internet consumption in the world

Last year, mobile internet consumption in Latvia continued rapidly growing, reaching record high amount – 5 GB per SIM card. This puts Latvia on the third spot among the world’s technological superpowers.

Consumption of renewable energy resources grew 14.1% in the past ten years

In 2016 gross consumption of renewable energy resources in Latvia constituted 68.7 petajoules (PJ). Compared to 2015, the consumption of renewables has risen by 5.7 %, whereas over the past ten years – by 14.1 %.

Several streets in Riga to be given new names

Riga City Council’s City Development Committee has supported giving new names to nine of the Latvian capital’s streets. The final decision on new names will be made at the next meeting of the city council.

Border Guard to procure new helicopters; NAF to repair old ones

Latvian State Border Guard currently evaluates offers for procurement of new helicopters. The country’s National Armed Forces, one the other hand, has plans to procure new helicopters in the near future. Until then, old helicopters will be kept repaired and in battle-ready condition, according to available information.

State Treasury: taxes collected in August exceed plan by 5%

Total tax revenue in Latvia exceeded the planned amount by 5% in August 2017, according to information from State Treasury.

Latvia’s industrial production output grew 8.8% in July

Compared to July 2016, industrial production output increased by 8.8 % in July 2017. The rise recorded in manufacturing constituted 8.2 %, in mining and quarrying – 28.6 % and in electricity and gas supply – 7.7 %.

Data shows 4% of Latvians tend to use medication whenever they feel like it

64% of Latvian residents tend to use medication without consulting with their doctor or pharmacist, according to Mana Aptieka & Apotheka health index.

Weather expected to be volatile in Latvia in September’s first week

Weather in Latvia will be dictated by a cyclone at the beginning of the week. On Monday, 4 September, weather in Latvia will be cloudy and rainy, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

State Labour Inspectorate begins inspections at agricultural companies

On Monday, 4 September, Latvia’s State Labour Inspectorate commenced inspections at different agriculture companies in relation to compliance with work safety requirements.

Latvian Milk Manufacturers unable to predict when butter price may decline

«Sooner or later the butter bubble will burst and if prices of other products do not change by then, it is possible that the milk procurement prices may decline,» says Central Union of Latvian Milk Manufacturers chairman Janis Solks.

Prosecutor commences criminal case against former insolvency administrator

Prosecutor’s office has commenced criminal prosecution of a former insolvency administrator for embezzling more than EUR 25,000, as confirmed by Prosecutor General’s Office.

Moldova interested in how Latvia’s Saeima organizes parliamentary control

A delegation of deputies from Moldova’s parliament will be visiting Latvia’s Saeima from 3 September to 7 September. The goal of this visit it surveying the organization of work in Latvia’s parliament and exchange experience in transparency, research, communication and information processing fields, as reported by Saeima press-service.

Maxima invests more than half a million into self-service checkouts

Maxima Latvija has invested more than half a million euros is development of its self-service checkout network.

Number of members of Par! movement continues to increase

The current number of members of Par! movement is 316. This number may reach 500 in the coming months, which is needed to participate in Saeima elections, says board member Andulis Zidkovs.

Latvia had eighth highest unemployment level among EU member states in July

Latvia’s unemployment level was 8.5% in July. This is the eighth highest level among EU member states, according to data published by Eurostat on Thursday, 31 August.