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Wednesday 23.05.2018 | Name days: Leontīne, Ligija, Lonija, Leokādija

Unemployment in Latvia down to 6.7% in April

The unemployment level in Latvia declined to 6.7% in April, which is 0.3 percentage points less than the level recorded in March, according to information compiled by Latvia’s State Employment Agency.

For Latvia’s Development slowly changes its critical views of Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga

A crack has appeared in Riga City Council’s opposition ‘monolith’ against Nils Ušakovs. For Latvia’s Development political party has started slowly changing its critical views of Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga and has started looking to ‘contact points’, Nekā Personīga programme reports.

Military exercises showed Estonian readiness to defend country, says Minister

As the Estonian large-scale military exercises Siil concluded on Sunday, May 13, Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik evaluated that the Estonian readiness to protect their country has been demonstrated.

Prices of mineral water from Georgia on a rise in Latvia

Over the last few weeks, the price of certain brands of Georgian mineral water in Latvia’s stores have increased by an average of 37%.

Italian populist parties agree on coalition programme to avoid snap election

In Italy after long coalition-building talks, the leading parties of the March election have agreed on a coalition programme, seemingly in time to avoid a repeated election.

Paris knife attacker described as French national of Chechen origin

In Paris, after four people suffered in a terrorist attack on Saturday, media have named the attacker as a 21-year-old French citizen from Chechnya, which is part of the Russian Federation.

Weather to change in Latvia – rain to replace heat

The anticyclone active in the region will slowly back away this week. Because of that, rain and thunderstorms are expected in certain regions of Latvia. Although it will no longer be as hot next week, it will remain moderately warm, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Latvijas gaze: Latvia was close to an energy crisis in winter

Looking back at the first heating season passed after Latvijas gaze’s division, the company’s chairman Aigars Kalvītis mentioned in an interview that the country was close to an energy crisis.

43% of residents went on trips outside of Latvia last year

In 2017, 43% of Latvian residents went on trips outside of the country, according to the latest data from Latvia Tours Travel Index. In 26% of cases, residents went on a leisure trip, 7% - on a business trip, whereas 13% of respondents said they travelled outside the country for personal reasons.

Latvia’s export decline was 2.7% in March

In March 2018, the foreign trade turnover of Latvia amounted to EUR 2.19 billion, which at current prices was 2.7 % smaller than in March 2017, of which the exports value of goods was 6.1 % smaller, but imports value of goods was 0.2 % higher.

Finns abstaining from alcohol could cut cancer cases by 13 000, study finds

In Finland, by abstaining from alcohol as much as 13,000 cancer cases could be avoided in the period of 30 years, researchers have found in a pan-Nordic cancer modelling study.

Opinion: authorities should act and stop pretending gambling is restricted

To limit access to gambling machines, it would be a good idea to permit their installation only in luxurious hotels, as stated in the proposals submitted to Riga City Council’s City Development Committee by New Conservative Party.

Weekends in Latvia to be dry and sunny

Weather in Latvia will not change much in the coming days – it will be mostly dry and sunny. On Sunday, 13 March, however, anticyclone activity will reduce and cloudiness will increase. No precipitation will follow, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.