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Survey: secondary school students less serious about formal education than their parents

Although travel, work and information education as a means to build up one’s personality and acquire experience is becoming more popular among youngsters in Latvia, 80% of parents with children aged 15 to 19 would rather their children continue education after graduating from secondary school.

Estonia sees increase in industrial production volume in Estonia

The industrial production volume of Estonian companies has grown by three percent between May 2017 and May 2018, official statistics show.

Court decides to keep in place restriction for Communist activists to take part in Saeima elections

Latvia’s Constitutional Court has concluded that the section of the Law on Saeima Elections that prohibits people who worked in certain Soviet organizations after 13 January 1991 from participating in elections compliant with the country’s Constitution, as reported by the court’s representative Ketija Strazda.

Russia raises pension age, while protests banned in largest cities during World Cup

The Russian government has announced a sweeping pension reform, while social life of Russia is dominated by the football World Cup tournament. A variety of opposition forces have held protests in numerous towns and cities.

German government shaken by Interior Minister's offer to resign

Germany's federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer offered his resignation to party colleagues, continuing a migration dispute with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that endangers her fragile government coalition.

Heatwaves drive Lithuanians to lakes, rivers and Baltic Sea

When dozens of Lithuanian municipalities are under a state of emergency due to the lasting drought, there is one municipality on the Baltic coast than cannot be any happier about the rainless months, Palanga.

Riga City Council plans to sign 20-year contract with a single waste management company

Riga municipality plans to announce a tender, as part of which it is planned to sign a 20-year conract with a single waste management company in Riga, as confirmed by Riga City Council Housing and Environment Department’s Environment Office chief Evija Piņķe.

Retail trade turnover in Latvia up 7% in May

Compared to May 2017, total retail trade turnover rose by 7 % in May 2018. Turnover of retail trade in food products increased by 6.5 %, whereas turnover of retail trade in non-food products and retail sale of automotive fuel rose by 7.3 %.

Fire at BAO landfill for dangerous waste; fire fighters still on the scene

A fire started on the territory of AS BAO landfill for dangerous waste in Olaine last night. Latest reports state it has since been localized, as confirmed by State Fire and Rescue Service representative Inta Palkavniece.

Study: nearly half of residents create savings in cash form

Nearly half of Latvia’s residents (42.3%) create savings in the form of cash. 17.4% of residents use bank accounts for savings, according to a study performed by Ferratum Bank about saving habits of Latvian residents.

Most of non-resident banks will continue working in Latvia

The majority of banks whose business activities are associated with servicing non-residents will continue working in Latvia, as confirmed by Finance and Capital Market Commission Pēters Putniņš in an interview to Latvijas Radio on Friday, 29 June.

Talsi County Council switches chairmen – Dainis Karols replaces Edgars Zelders

On Thursday, 28 June, Talsi County Council elected a new chairman at an extraordinary meeting. First deputy for administrative, finance and education affairs Dainis Karols was picked, as confirmed by the council’s public relations and marketing office head Anna Ķīviča.

Three KVV Liepājas metalurgs real estate auctions conclude

Friday, 29 June, marks the end of three auctions for the sale of real estate properties owned by insolvent KVV Liepājas metalurgs, according to information published in Latvian Herald.

Weather in Latvia to be rainy and cool next week

At the end of this week, colder masses of air will flow into Latvia by a cyclone. This means weather will be cool and windy. Rain is also expected on Sunday and beginning of next week. Weather will gradually improve in the second half of the week, however, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

Jurmala’s bronze tortoise sculpture to be auctioned off; municipality says it is illegal

During the artRiga art festival this autumn, it is planned to auction off one of Jurmala’s symbol – the famous bronze tortoise sculpture, says sculptor Jāņis Bārda’s wife Aivija Bārda.

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