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Latvia in Review

October 1 – 31

Issue 12

Articles of Interest

More Than 20 Latvian Schools from Diaspora to Send Christmas Cards to Elderly People in Latvia


This autumn, the Latvian Institute has invited Latvian schools from all around the world to take part in a project that strengthens links among generations of Latvians. The idea is to design and create Christmas cards for elderly people who live in Latvian social care centres, the aim being to bring happiness into seniors' lives and to strengthen the sense of belonging that children have to Latvia.

So far, more than 20 schools from all around the world have announced that they will take part in the project, and several other schools have been demonstrating an interest in this. “I’m very happy to see the vast interest and heart-warming letters that we’ve been getting from these schools,” says the director of the Latvian Institute, Aiva Rozenberga. “We would like to thank every child, parent and teacher for the desire to bring happiness into the lives of our senior citizens.”

Government

Government Approves 2017 Draft Budget


Last week, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers approved the 2017 national draft budget, with revenues forecast at EUR 8.066 billion and expenditures at EUR 8.367 billion.  In comparison to last year, revenues are expected to grow by 664 million euros, with spending rising by EUR 681 million.

Latvian startups

Blindsave: The World’s First Protective Gear for Latvia
 

BLINDSAVE USA LLC has created a unique product for athletes – the world’s first protective gear that adjusts itself to conform to the person’s body, thus ensuring superior protection and comfort. The gear is suited for use in basketball and other indoor sports, as well as football. 

Society

Baltic Sea Region Countries Jointly Prepare for Ambitious Centenary Celebrations

 
Representatives of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Finland announced that their respective countries are cooperating closely to make the most of the upcoming centenary celebrations as an opportunity to tell the world about the history and the importance of the Baltic Sea region countries, as they presented their collaborative projects on Wednesday, October 19.

Products from Young Entrepreneurs in Liepāja

 
Liepāja is Latvia’s third city, located on the south-western coast of the country.  Liepāja is known for its incomparable sense of culture, and it is home to local entrepreneurs who work hard to create added value for their clients.  Let’s take a look at some of the most promising companies and products.

Culture

Latvian Film Industry Holds Awards Ceremony

 
The Latvian Lielais Kristaps film ceremony took place on October 12, this year, and the main prizes went to the Renārs Vimba feature film “Mellow Mud” and Vitaly Mansky’s “Under the Sun.”

Turaida Museum Reserve Receives Award for Preservation of Intangible Heritage

 
The Turaida Museum Reserve in Latvia, which is a protected cultural monument, has taken part this year in a European competition, “Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2016,” which is being organised by the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN).
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