The general housing availability in Riga worsened in Q1 of 2013. Although, Riga residents require the least amount of time to gather enough money to perform the first payment of a mortgage loan.
According to the Saeima's supported amendments to the Law On the Handling of Weapons and Special Means, firearms licence requirements will be made stricter than they are now.
Latvians have increased their financial stability last year. Precautions for unforeseen events have become a rather popular emergency instrument among residents lately. Nevertheless, Latvians remain the least financially protected residents of Baltic States.
Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has asked the State Audit to consider performing an audit at the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (CPCB) to evaluate the institution's general activities, as reported by the PM's press-secretary Martins Panke.
The Natural History Museum of Latvia holds a special exhibition - “Iris – garden wonder of June”. It will be available from June 12 to June 16. It is organized by the Latvian Gladiolus and Iris Society.
Only the participants of the Latvian Song and Dance Festival will be allowed to take a day off after the conclusion of the festival. This offer was proposed by the Saeima Education, Culture and Science Commission on June 12.
In 2012, population number in Latvia continued to reduce; however, the decrease was slow. On 1 January 2013 the number of resident population comprised 2 million 22 thousand, of which females accounted for 1 million 95 thousand, while males – for 927 thousand.
In documents leaked to the press, it is said that internet service provider Google has cooperated with the U.S. National Security Agency, allowing the latter to spy on American citizens. Google denies the claims.
Three finalists of the Euro adoption communication strategy contest have been chosen. The goal of the information campaign is to inform Latvian residents about the benefits of the united European currency and answer any questions residents may have regarding the measures that are necessary in order to adopt euro.
Latvia's level of unemployment was 9.9% at the end of May. Compared with that of April 2013, unemployment has dropped 0.5% in Latvia.
The Latvian government has decided to divert the funding that was originally intended for the procurement of new trains to the initiative to upgrade the rolling stock and reconstruct passenger platforms. The government will also allot funds for the development of the TEN-T network.
Most of Latvian parents (38%) want their children to become businessmen. The TOP 10 has a new addition this year – IT specialist. The artist's profession, however, is no longer in the TOP 10.
A Kremlin spokesman has said Russia might consider granting asylum to Edward Snowden, who has made public the U.S. practice to perform secret surveillance on its citizens
In the first five months of 2013, soldiers of the National Guard's Undetonated Munitions Disposal Company of the 54th Civil Engineering Battalion have neutralized 1 103 units of explosive objects found on the territory of the Republic of Latvia.
In 2012, total consumption of energy resources in Latvia comprised 183 petajoules (PJ) – 0.9% less than a year before. In comparison with 2011, total import of energy resources has risen by 3.9%, while export has increased by 10.9%.
Latvia's Central Election Commission (CEC) has ordered its Daugavpils City division to organize the review of all ballots submitted to the region's election sites by June 20, 2013.