Of the first eighteen days of March 2013, twelve had average air temperature 4°C - 8° C lower than the norm. In total, Latvia's average air temperature was -6° C (3.6° C lower than the norm for March).
Astronomical spring is set to establish its rule in Latvia at 13:02 on Wednesday, March 20. The time of spring is slightly different every year because of the time counting system. Days become longer than nights. The Sun's centre crosses the sky and shifts from the southern side to the northern side.
The Social and Labour Affairs Commission has supported amendments to legislation in regard to smoking restrictions. Amendments suggest selling tobacco products to persons of the age of 21 or older.
In 2012, households were generally short of 66 LVL per household member to make ends meet on a monthly basis; practically the same amount as there was in 2011 (67 LVL).
Klaipedos Nafta AB, Lithuania’s state-controlled energy terminal operator, hired Latvian construction company AS BMGS to engineer and build port infrastructure for a new natural-gas terminal on the Baltic Sea
Latvia continues to successfully recover from the economic crisis and will be able to maintain 4 - 5.5% GDP growth throughout the 2014-2017.
The Austrian medicine manufacturer that has a dominant position on Latvia's market and supplies the Tico Vac tick-borne encephalitis vaccine has significantly increased its price. It currently varies between 23 and 27 LVL.
There is a protest act planned to take place near the Cabinet of Ministers building on March 19 by the Latvian Social Services and Transport workers association and Latvian Bus and Regional Carriers association in support of regional passenger carriers.
On Monday, March 18, the National Union decided to officially request the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Rihards Kozlovskis (Reform Party).
Former Belarusian military intelligence officer Stsyapan Zakharchanka has been granted political asylum in Lithuania.
Narvesen franchise trading chain concluded 2012 with an increased revenue and reached the highest revenue in its history – 1.4 million LVL. This is 26% more than Narvesen earned in 2011.
Counterfeit medications – this topic is becoming more and more actual next to the increase in activity of manufacturers of copies of original medications. Forgeries can be found in such countries as USA and Britain.
The yet to be publicly voiced decision of Finance Minister Andris Vilks to fire the ministry's parliamentary secretary Karina Korna without first informing the party's [Unity] Board has uncovered internal conflicts in the would-be monopolist ruling party.