Posts published in Day: February 22, 2021

Less cargo and fewer passengers at Rīga Airport in January

Monday, February 22, 2021

In January 2021 passenger turnover at Riga International Airport has dropped by 90.4%, as compared to January 2020, according to Central Statistical Bureau data published February 22. The total number of flights comprised 1 700, which is 73.9 % less. Data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau show that the volume of cargo and post loaded and unloaded has decreased by 14.5 %. The total number of passenger arrivals and departures at Riga International Airport in January 2021…

Schools in 25 districts cautiously open doors to younger pupils

Monday, February 22, 2021

Starting Monday, learning onsite for grades 1-4 can be resumed in 25 municipalities with a low Covid-19 incidence rate, Latvian Radio reported February 22. Safe municipalities are determined by cumulative Covid-19 rates, which should be below 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. A 10% deviation is allowed, so in practice the maximum cumulative rate is 220 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. One of the schools opening today is Ērgļi High School, where…

Former Swedbank chief appointed CEO of two Utilitas subsidiaries

Monday, February 22, 2021

Former Swedbank Estonia CEO Robert Kitt has been appointed CEO of two of energy group Utilitas’ subsidiaries, replacing Andres Veske. Kitt said: “I am grateful for the trust, and I will bring with me to Utilitas my experience from the management of a service company,” adding that he also sees opportunities there for employing his physics doctoral studies in a real-world context in managing a company like Utilitas. Utilitas is,…

Rīga Airport opens another Covid-19 testing point

Monday, February 22, 2021

As of Monday, February 22, a permanent E.Gulbja laboratory testing point has opened at Rīga International Airport, the airport said in a statement . The point is located in the Airport’s check-in hall, to the right of the entrance, where the restaurant “TGI Fridays” was located. Taking into account the epidemiological safety measures in place at Riga Airport, passengers can visit the point not earlier than 72 hours before their…

Real estate transactions down 2 percent on year in January

Monday, February 22, 2021

3,900 sale and purchase transactions were carried out in the Estonian real estate market in January 2021, 2 percent less than in the same month the year before and 22 percent less than in December, data from the Land Board shows. As before, the real estate market was most active in Harju County, where about 43 percent of all transactions took place. Next came the counties of Tartu, East-Viru and…

Baltics warn EU of Chinese espionage, Russia’s ‘psychological warfare’

Monday, February 22, 2021

Lithuania has banned a Chinese tech firm on security grounds, while Estonia warned the EU on the dangers of both Chinese and Russian espionage. The Chinese company, Nuctech, which makes security-inspection software, was banned from working with Lithuanian airports, Lithuanian authorities said last Wednesday (17 February). The Lithuanian government was also drafting a bill to bar other companies that posed a security risk from contracts in the transportation, energy, and…

Resistant to pandemic: startups in Lithuania are growing, but slower than in Estonia

Monday, February 22, 2021

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, 70 percent of Lithuania’s startups finished 2020 with positive turnover growth. “We are pleased to see that the pandemic, closed borders and quarantine did not reduce investment in startups,” says Roberta Rudokienė, head of the Startup Development Department of Enterprise Lithuania. Yet there is space for improvement. Lithuania currently has only one unicorn – a startup with a value of over a billion – while Estonia…

Foreign citizens entitled to free Covid-19 treatment in Lithuania, says ministry

Monday, February 22, 2021

Due to the emergency situation declared in Lithuania, foreign citizens will receive free treatment regardless of their status if they fall ill with Covid-19. People who “are diagnosed or suspected of being ill with Covid-19” are entitled to free treatment, the country’s Health Ministry confirmed to LRT English in a written comment. This includes foreign nationals who are not entitled to state-funded healthcare in the country. According to the ministry,…

Revolut bank opens operations in Estonia

Monday, February 22, 2021

Revolut, a global financial platform with more than 15 million customers worldwide, on Monday operationalized its European specialized banking license in Estonia. Customers in Estonia who upgrade to Revolut Bank for additional services will now have their deposits protected under the deposit guarantee scheme, Revolut said in a press release. The company is planning to offer also other baking services in Estonia in the future. Revolut said that to date,…

Lithuanian chief engineer rescued by his own ship after 14 hours overboard

Monday, February 22, 2021

The chief engineer aboard the former seismic support vessel Silver Supporter had a very lucky break this week: he was pulled from the water after a 14-hour ordeal in the South Pacific. The engineer, a 52-year-old Lithuanian national, was working aboard the seismic vessel-turned-freighter on a voyage from New Zealand to remote Pitcairn Island. He was discovered missing on Tuesday morning, and the crew presumed he had gone overboard between…