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Wednesday 18.09.2019 | Name days: Liesma, Elita, Alita

Latvia submits centenary film Tēvs Nakts for the Oscars

Latvia has decided to submit the film Tēvs Nakts directed by Dāvis Sīmanis and Mistrus Media Studio for the Oscars Award, entering the competition with 80 other films produced outside USA, as confirmed by Latvia’s National Film Centre.

Stress – a major problem for residents in Latvia. How to fight it?

29% of Latvian residents regularly experience stress. 40% of them experience stress on many occasions, whereas 22% experience stress rarely. 6% have never experienced stress, according to data from BENU Aptieka Health monitoring survey.

Stroke and high cholesterol main reasons for disabilities around the world

Stroke and high cholesterol levels are as though father and son. If a person has high cholesterol level in their blood and does nothing to fix this, it is very possible they will experience a stroke at some point, according to neurologist of Riga Eastern Clinical University Hospital Ilga Ķikule and BENU Aptieka pharmacist Sabīne Kozlovska.

PHOTO: State Fire and Rescue Service urges government to provide more funding

Rephrasing the ancient proverb – all’s fair love and budget formation.

VIDEO: Baltics’ tallest graffiti painted in Olaine

This summer Artists Dainis Rudens and Ēriks Caune painted a graffiti on 45 m tall water tower in Olaine. «Eureka!» is the name they decided to give their work.

Prosperity belt around Germany

The most powerful European economy widely acknowledged EU advancement “engine”, this year experiences insignificant, rather ill-wishers deliberately “exaggerated” reputation problems. They were caused by slower increase of GDP last year and already repeatedly carried out auditing of the forecast of economic growth this year.

National jealousy weakens the competitiveness of the EU

The new European Parliament and its approved European Commission shall quickly and inevitably return to the politically unpleasant issue. It is the idea publicly advocated by present leaders of France and Germany - to establish «European champions», the transnational super-enterprises. Yes, possibly, even the EU scale monopolists of their industry.

PHOTOS: Egils Levits' first day as President of Latvia

On Monday, 8 July, Egils Levits offered a solemn vow and officially became President of the Republic of Latvia. Following congratulations in the Saeima, the new President of Latvia and the First Lady travelled to Forest Cemetery in Riga to lay flowers at the monument dedicated to the first President of the Republic of Latvia Jānis Čakste.

PHOTO: Estonia celebrates Song and Dance Festival

From 4th to 7th of July Song and Dance Festival was being held in Estonia.

PHOTO: cotton candy, flower sellers and Ušakovs – 9 May celebrations at Victory Park

Celebrations organized by 9maijs.lv association to commemorate the victims of WWII and the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany are traditionally held in Victory Park in Riga on 9 May. However, while some people celebrate the end of one of the most horrible wars in human history, others choose to focus on how this date was the beginning of a long occupation period for Latvia.

Organizers: activity in this year’s Big Clean Up is just as high as last year

Organizers of the Big Clean Up expect this year’s activity to be as high as last year’s, when approximately 145,000 took part in it, says the event’s representative Gita Sauka.

One-fourth of Latvia’s residents to celebrate White Tablecloth Day

Similar to last year, approximately a quarter of Latvia’s residents (24%) plan to celebrate White Tablecloth Day on 4 May, according to results of a survey performed by Kantar research company.

PHOTO: motorbike season’s opening in Riga

While a bicycle party was being held on the closed Deglava Bridge at the end of last week, bikers were celebrating the opening of the motorbike season in Riga’s centre.

PHOTO: Akropole shopping centre opens; visitors offered ice rink and IMAX film theatre

Akropole shopping and leisure centre has opened its doors in Latvia. The massive shopping centre includes an ice rink, IMAX film theatre, and a large Maxima supermarket. The total area of the shopping centre is enough for nearly twenty one football fields. The building itself could fit fifteen football fields, said the centre’s manager Kaspars Beitiņš during the opening ceremony.

PHOTOS: 70 years pass after tragic events of 25 March 1949 in Baltics

2019 marks 70 years since the deportations of March 1949, when USSR occupational forces performed forced large-scale deportations of Baltic residents to far-away regions of USSR. More than 90,000 Baltic residents, with nearly half of them from Latvia, were deported as a result.

Baltic States’ biggest candy-lovers live in Estonia and Latvia

Figures from the newest Maxima Retail Compass industry overview reveal that the average Latvian eats 3.9 kilograms of chocolate every year, just a bit less than the average Estonian.

Residents prefer quality and more expensive mulled wine in Latvia

When weather becomes cold, demand usually increases for mulled wine, hot juice-based drinks, as well as ingredients needed to make them, according to information from ELVI.

Study: nearly half of Latvians believe importance of family values is in decline nowadays

Mutual support (62%), care for one another, including financially (61%), trust (60%), mutual respect (54%) and responsibility (50%) are the five basic values respected and kept dear in Latvian families.

All of airBaltic’s Airbus A220-300 aircraft to be named after Latvia’s cities

As airBaltic received its 14th Airbus A220-300 aircraft last weekend, names of all 14 most beloved Latvian cities have now been painted on the aircraft.

October 24 in pictures

BNN offers you to take a look at topical, interesting and simply beautiful pictures of the day.

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