Posts published in Day: May 24, 2021

Printful claims Latvia’s first “unicorn” status

Monday, May 24, 2021

Latvian-founded company Printful said May 24 a new investment by a US investor had made it Latvia’s first $1 billion or so-called “unicorn” start-up company. “US growth equity investor Bregal Sagemount has valued Draugiem Group company Printful at more than $1 billion. By investing $130 million in Printful, the new partner will become a minority shareholder. Thus, making Printful the first Latvian unicorn company,” the company said. Since 2013, the company has…

Covid-19 morbidity went down significantly last week

Monday, May 24, 2021

In the last three weeks, there has been a reduction in Covid-19 morbidity in Latvia. Last week the decrease was 26% compared to the week before, according to information published May 24 by Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC).  On average, 424 newly infected people are recorded per day. The number of tests performed decreased by 2.1% last week, averaging 12,597 tests per day (12,864 tests previously). An average of 56…

Beauty and sports industries ask for permission to work

Monday, May 24, 2021

The beauty and sports industries are calling on the government to allow them to work in a safe way, since several months of downtime has a negative impact on both public health and contributes to the boom of the shadow economy, Latvian Radio reported May 24. Representatives of the beauty and sports industry said that they have already tapped the doors of all ministries and various state institutions, but a government…

Producer prices in April up 1.6% in Latvia

Monday, May 24, 2021

Data published May 24 by the Central Statistical Bureau show that, compared to March, in April 2021 the level of producer prices in Latvian industry increased by 1.6%. The level of prices of products sold on the domestic market  increased by 1.4%, and prices of exported products – by 1.7%. Producer prices of products exported to euro area countries rose by 2.2%, prices of products exported to non-euro area countries – by 1.3%. Manufacture…

Statistics: Estonians have started to consume more domestic meat

Monday, May 24, 2021

79 percent of the meat consumed in Estonia in 2020 was locally produced, state agency Statistics Estonia reports, the highest percentage in the last five years. Last year, meat production in Estonia amounted to 82,700 tons, including 45,200 tons of pork, 22,300 tons of poultry meat and 11,900 tons of beef. According to Ege Kirs, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, the total production of meat increased by 5 percent compared to…

airBaltic bypassing Belarusian airspace

Monday, May 24, 2021

Latvian airline company airBaltic has started to bypass Belarusian airspace after a Ryanair flight was forced to land in Minsk on Sunday. In a statement published on social media on Monday, the company said: “airBaltic decided to avoid entering Belarus airspace until the situation becomes clearer or a decision is issued by the authorities.” Flights to Ukraine and Georgia on Sunday avoided flying through Belarusian airspace on the advice of…

Foresight Center: Estonian car use doubled over past 20 years

Monday, May 24, 2021

The use of a personal passenger car for commuting has nearly doubled in Estonia over the past 20 years and transport costs account for 14 percent of people’s total expenditure, it appears from a report to be published by the Estonian Foresight Center last week. “Using a private car has grown first and foremost at the expense of traveling by public transport and on foot,” Foresight Center expert Uku Varblane…

Rīga airport passenger number down 87% in first four months of 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

From January to April 2021, 162,908 passengers were serviced at Riga International Airport. Compared to the same period last year, passenger numbers have fallen by 87%, according to data on airport performance published May 24. A positive trend was observed in the number of passengers served in April: a total of 55,181 passengers were served at the airport this month, a total of nearly 66% more than in March, when the airport served…

Plant wonders: Healthy lingonberries can be grown in the garden, too

Monday, May 24, 2021

Lingonberries grow best in the wild, mostly in somewhat shady pine forests. Dense foliage reduces the berries. Deforested places in Europe seldom see good lingonberry crops, leading some to cultivate this healthy plant in their gardens. In Latvia, many still take to the forests to pick lingonberries, but there are enthusiasts who try to grow their own. Alfreds Ripa is a plant breeder and has authored a book as well…

Latvian parliament adds voice to codemnation of Lukashenko outrage

Monday, May 24, 2021

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian parliament (Saeima) has added its voice to an international statement calling for tough action against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko following his seizure May 23 of an international airliner in order to get his hands on a political opponent. Latvia’s Rihards Kols (National Alliance) was among the signatories of the statement released by Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of the Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Czech, German,…