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Shteinbuka: better social indicators to signal end of crisis

Inna Steinbuka, the head of the European Commission Representation, believes that to a certain extent the crisis is over, because Latvia is no longer under the threat of insolvency. "But in general it still lingers, since we still feel social consequences," she says.

Dairy Valmieras piens sold to Russian investor

Latvian dairy AS Valmieras piens has been sold to an investor from Russia. Employees have been asked not to give out details of the deal. Moreover, they are promised compensations in case of job cuts, according to unofficial information.

Construction output up 0.3% in EU and 1.4% in eurozone

Comparing July and June, construction production rose by 1.4% in EU and 0.3% in the the euro area, while growing 0.2% in EU and 1.2% in the eurozone year-on-year, according to the EU statistics office Eurostat.

Timber purchase prices keep rising

In the first half of 2011, round timber purchase prices continued to slightly increase in coniferous and deciduous saw timber markets, with domestic and foreign purchaser activity remaining stable.

New BlackBerry Bold enters Latvia

Sales of new business-class smartphone BlackBerry Bold 9900 have been launched in Latvia.

BBC news anchor mixes up Latvia with Estonia

When reporting about the 11th Latvian Parliamentary elections, the news agency BBC confused Latvia with Estonia.

The king is dead. Long live the king!

This is what Duke of Orleans uttered on the death day of King Louis XIV, when saluting to the next one – 5-year-old Louis XV. We can compare this to parliamentarism in Latvia. The 10th Saeima has finally gone down in history. Latvians elected a new one on Saturday, September 17.

Oil price dropping for second consecutive day

On Monday, September 19, Brent crude slipped below 112 U.S. dollars per barrel over Europe’s unsuccessful attempts to tackle its debt crisis at the end of last week. Thus, investors' concerns about sluggish growth in commodity demand are increasing.

BNN survey: Lembergs and Urbanovics’ alliance turned out to be short-lived

The news agency BNN published an analytical article «Lembergs and Urbanovics – «brothers forever»», conducting a survey of portals,, visitors about their attitudes towards Harmony Centre and Greens and Farmers Union leaders' tandem at the 11th Saeima. The survey findings were compiled prior to elections and coincided with the election outcome.

14 085 Latvian citizens abroad participated in elections

14 085 voters abroad took part at the 11th Saeima emergency elections held on September 17, informs the Foreign Affairs Ministry Press Centre.

Samsung strikes back at Apple

Samsung Electronics has filed a counter claim to the Australian court, accusing Apple of breaching wireless system patent conditions regarding iPhone and iPad production.

airBaltic conflict slows down airport terminal construction

The Latvian airline airBaltic's financial problems have hampered the international airport Riga terminal extension project. It might be put off for three or four years, recognizes Arnis Luhse, chairman of the airport’s board.

27% of citizens believe next prime minister should come from Harmony Center

Over one-fourth (27%) of the economically-active citizens of Latvia aged 18 to 55 years believe that the next prime minister should be chosen from the representatives of the party Harmony Centre.

Today – 11th Saeima emergency elections

On Saturday, September 17, Latvia is holding the 11th Saeima elections following the Central Election Commission's decision based on July 23 referendum on the 10th Saeima dissolution.

Skele leaving politics - loss or gain?

Long standing politician Andris Skele has announced that he is set to leave politics once and for all after the 10th Saeima deputy mandate is put down. Instead he is about to take up dairy farming.

Photos of the Week 2011.09.16

Each Friday BNN-NEWS.COM offers the most interesting, the most scandalous and simply the most beautiful pictures from all over the world.

Sipeniece-Gavare: problem - we are too naive

A video clip circulating around on the Internet - Let's vote for smart Latvia (Latvian: Balsojam par gudru Latviju) wonders why people vote for lies and urges to vote for smarter Latvia. "This clip is no advertising of a particular politic party. It is rather a call to see what we are voting for," Baiba Sipeniece-Gavare, one of the project's supporters, told the news portal BNN.

Job vacancy rate surges 0.2%

Compared to late March, the number of occupied job posts in June 2011 has risen by 19.8 thousand or 2.6%. In the private sector, the number has surged by 18.2 thsd or 3.7%, while in the public sector – by 1.6 thsd or 0.6%.

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