Based on the latest statistical data, one average salary bought 0.68 m2 of living space in Riga in February 2013.
«Years ago, as a missionary is Sweden, I occasionally met people from Estonia — generally refugees grateful to have escaped the clutches of a long Soviet occupation that had been broken only by a few years of nightmarish Nazi occupation,» Jay Evensen, editor at Deseret News, recalls.
The number of foreign travellers and their expenditure in Latvia has slightly increased in 2012. In 2012 foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 5.6 million times, which is 0.6% more than in 2011. Slight increase of the number of travellers was impacted by the decrease of passenger turnover in Riga International airport and slight growth of the number of travellers in other kinds of transport.
The Latvian parliament has supported amendments to the Application of Taxes in Free Ports and Special Economic Zones Law. These amendments provide for the extension of the period for licensed enterprises and free port management to apply tax benefits (until December 31, 2035).
Riga City Council (RCC) is selling municipal real estate property for inadequate prices. This leads to believe the individuals close to the management of the city council are interested in municipal property ending up in the hands of speculators, Unity believes.
A little more than half of Latvian residents (56%) claim they have as much money as they had one year ago. At the same time, one-third of respondents claim they now have even less money.
With an average monthly air temperature of -5.5° C, which was 4.2 degrees below the annual norm, March 2013 was the eighth coldest month in the annual statistical list and the coldest March since 1987.
The US has announced it is taking North Korea's threats as "real and clear danger", so it is moving a missile defence system to the Pacific island of Guam. A statement from Pyongyang said its military had been given final approval to launch a nuclear strike.
A suicide bomb and gun attack on a courthouse in western Afghanistan has left more than 50 people dead and 90 injured, most of them civilians. The Taliban have already claimed the attack.
Italian police have seized a record €1.3 billion in cash and property from a single person, a Sicilian alternative energy entrepreneur alleged to have close ties to the Mafia.
The desire of the Board of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) to reduce the area of ice stadiums after the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics will cost Dinamo Riga hockey club's home stadium – Arena Riga – a lot of money, as administrative representatives of Arena Riga admit.
Europe’s share of electricity- generation capacity using renewable sources will rise to at least 40 percent by 2020, exceeding coal, natural gas and oil, according to Entsoe, the region's grid-operators group.