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Tuesday 21.11.2017 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte

Tourists turnover at hotels surges 17.7%

In 2010, the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation places comprised 1 312 thousand people – an increase of 17.7%, compared to 2009. The number of visitors from Latvia edged up 20.5%, but of foreign visitors – 16.4%.

30% would cover costly tests and surgeries with health insurance

Every third resident of Latvia would use health insurance policy to cover expensive medical tests or surgeries. While about 40% of the respondents would utilize their policy for dental services, but 30% – for hospital treatment.

Advance payments used for situation improvement

In 2010, the local governments’ consolidated budget formed a surplus of 54 million lats due to advance payments.

Millions overpaid for medicines

Despite many medicines in the list of reimbursable medicines are equally effective, patients opt for more expensive ones. For example, in the last 11 months of 2010, patients overpaid more than eight million lats, according to Health Payment Center.

State benefit payment restrictions in force until 2012

Given the current economic situation, the restrictions on sickness, maternity, paternity, parental and unemployment benefits, introduced in 2009, will be maintained by 2012.

Nearly 80 000 unemployed participate in hundred-lats programme

Since the initiation of the project, which provides employing jobless persons at local governments for 100 lats allowance, already 79 053 contracts on the participation in the program have been concluded.

Economically-active population in Latvia drops 1.5%

In the last quarter of 2010, the number of economically active population has fallen by 1.5%, compared to the same period a year ago. Almost two thirds (64.5%) of the people in this age group were economically active – this indicator formed 68.9% among men, while among women – 60.7%.

Talsi tragedy victim to get 100 000 lats from State Fire and Rescue Service

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to allot 101 296 lats from the emergency budget to the institution of the Interior Ministry - State Fire and Rescue Service in order it could comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court to pay a compensation to Talsi tragedy victim Andris Zass.

Only 4% of Latvian households consume up to 100 kWh electricity monthly

Only 4% of Latvian households consume up to 100 kWh electricity a month during the heating season, according to market, social and media research agency TNS Latvia study in collaboration with LNT broadcast 900 sekundes. While Latvenergo objects.

Murniece: interior minister has to be politician, not expert

The Interior Minister’s post is a political position; therefore, the minister must be a politician, not an expert, the Interior Minister Linda Mūrniece points out. Her resignation will come into effect on June 6, this year.

Only 13% of Latvians forecast housing price drops

Currently, 71% of the Latvian population forecast real estate prices will remain flat or surge during the year. The proportion of people predicting property price falls has dropped by 3%, forming 13%.

Excise tax rise on alcohol and cigarettes suggested for budget consolidation

One of the proposals for the consolidation of the remaining 11 million lats, which was presented at the Coalition Council’s meeting, stipulates the excise tax increase on strong alcohol and cigarettes, points out the Finance Minister Andris Vilks. At the same time, he adds that the excise duty on diesel will not be raised.

Students prefer state universities

There are many higher education establishments in Latvia, each future student can choose among 19 public universities and 15 private ones. Twice as many students choose the first option.