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Latvia in Review

July 1 – 31

Issue 9

The Latvian Institute has started an initiative #GribuTeviAtpakaļ (I want you back), inviting Latvia's residents to tell their relatives and friends that have gone abroad that they're always welcome to come back. Latvian residents are invited to send the message to their relatives and friends on social networks, using the hashtag #GribuTeviAtpakaļ or in any other way. More information on our website www.li.lv.

Articles of Interest

Best Enjoyed Slowly...


That catchphrase 'Latvia - best enjoyed slowly' can certainly be applied to me!
My first of several visits to the country was some thirty-five years ago at the beginning of the 1980's. During my latest visit in May this year I was particularly aware of how important my long and slowly unfolding experience of the country over the years has been. Article by Terry Sandell.

How Music Brought Me to Latvia


I have been a Heavy Metal fan since I was a little girl. My older brothers inspired me to listen to metal and rock ‘n’ roll and, since then, my favorite bands and songs follow my personality and mood and give me inspiration. But I have never learned to play any musical instrument, like most of the fans eventually do. Article by Maria Fernanda Stinghen Gottardi.

Government

The President of Latvia has Invited Queen Elizabeth II to Visit Latvia in 2018


Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady of Latvia, Iveta Vējone, had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday, July 19. During the audience, the President of Latvia invited Her Majesty to visit Latvia in 2018 for the celebration of Latvia’s centennial.

Latvian startups

Teenager Sets Up Company that Draws Global Attention

 
Elviss Straupenieks graduated from Rainis 6th High School in Liepāja this year, but unlike other graduates, he is just 17 years old and already running his own business – Elviss is the founder, owner, and head of the AirBoard startup. AirBoard is the world’s smallest manned aircraft.

Latvia Becomes Fastest Growing Innovator in EU

 
According to the European Innovation Scoreboard, the Regional Innovation Scoreboard and the Innobarometer of the European Comission, Latvia has become the “fastest growing innovator”.
EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the U.S., and Sweden is once rated as the top EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Foreign Affairs

Canadian Foreign Minister Emphasises Readiness to Protect Every Square Centimetre of Latvia


During a working visit to Riga, Canadian Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion met with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs and the diplomats spoke together about the decisions made at NATO’s Warsaw Summit concerning the NATO battalion in Latvia in which Canada is the framework nation.

Society

Latvians in Rio


RIO 2016: More than 10,000 athletes will compete in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first time the games have been held in South America.
Latvia will have 33 athletes competing in 13 different sport disciplines at the Rio Olympics, from 5 to 21 August, 2016. More information on our website www.latvia.eu.
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