Latvia in Review

September 1 – 30

Issue 11


Statement by the President of Latvia at the United Nations

“All people have the right to live in peace and security in their own country,” Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis declared during his address at the 71st session of the United Nations on September 21 in New York. Decisive political action to address and prevent conflicts that cause massive displacements and suffering is more urgent than ever before. The international community must find political solutions.”

Latvian startups

Latvian Government Moves to Help Start-ups

Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has approved an Economics Ministry programme to lower taxes and co-fund the salaries of highly qualified employees at start-up companies in 2017. The Economics Ministry has been charged with organising a EUR 3 million programme to co-fund wages when start-ups lack financing to hire qualified specialists.  The plan is to be submitted to the full Cabinet of Ministers on October 11.


Baltic Assembly Science Prize Awarded to Maija Dambrova

An international jury established to evaluate nominees for Baltic Assembly (BA) prizes gathered at the Latvian Parliament, the Saeima, on September 27, voting to award this year’s science prize to Maija Dambrova for her work in the field of energy metabolism and her contributions toward researching the mechanism of effectiveness of the metabolic agent Mildronate.


Latvia Submits “Ausma” (Dawn) for Oscar Consideration

Latvia has nominated a movie for the best foreign film competition in next year’s American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards ceremony. This is the ninth time that Latvia has submitted a film for consideration, and this time a panel of experts at the Latvian National Film Centre (NFC) announced the selection at a news conference on September 23. This year’s Latvian entry is the feature film “Ausma” (Dawn), which was directed by Laila Pakalniņa.

Articles of Interest

Earlier this summer, the Latvian Institute unveiled the #IWantYouBack initiative to emotionally speak to Latvian expats – you are important to us, and Latvia will always be your home. The institute believes that the time is right to start talking about how to motivate Latvians to come back home. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the business contacts of Latvian expats, as well as their emotional ties with their homeland. According to the latest estimates, at least 200,000 people have left the country during the past decade, thus leaving Latvia with fewer than two million inhabitants.

The Latvian Institute is partnership with various NGOs, government institutions, individuals and media outlets in pursuit of this goal. Our partners are ready to help out with ideas and projects that offer practical support to expats who are considering repatriation. The Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments is working with us on an awareness raising project for local governments about the need to create practical tools to convince expats to live and work in Latvia.
Also under the framework of the initiative, the Latvian Institute is organising discussions and interactive workshops at universities and schools to discuss the prospects that young people have if they choose to stay in Latvia, also strengthening their sense of belonging in their country and encouraging them to live and work here.
The Latvian Institute is also organising workshops for public sector employees on how to build Latvia’s image abroad, not least in terms of focusing on storytelling principles. The next workshop will take place at the Latvian School of Public Administration on October 6, 2016.
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The Latvian Institute promotes knowledge about Latvia abroad. It produces informative materials and works closely with international media professionals in developing a wide variety of communications projects.

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