Posts published in Day: September 17, 2021

Only five European countries now on Latvia’s travel ‘green list’

Friday, September 17, 2021

The updated list of epidemiological requirements for arrivals into Latvia from other countries was published on September 17 and includes 37 countries (38 if you include Latvia itself) on the list of those deemed to have a “high public health threat”, including Baltic neighbors Estonia and Lithuania. The classification system rates travel to each country as low (green), high (yellow), or very high risk (red). No countries have yet been ranked as very high risk. Only five EU/EEA…

The Baltic States overreacted to the military exercise in Russia

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, September 17, 2021

NATO is building up its offensive capabilities year after year. The intensity and scale of NATO exercises in the Baltic States permanently increase. At the same time, areas of the exercises are closer and closer to eastern borders. Actions of troops during NATO exercises quite often are similar to offensive. The Baltic States overreacted to the Zapad 2021 military exercise, calling on the EU and NATO to condemn these manoeuvres…

Competition Authority urges caution over electricity package choice

Friday, September 17, 2021

Consumers are being advised to be cautious when thinking about changing their electricity package by the Competition Authority after a week of record-high prices. Consumers can choose between an exchange tariff package, a fixed-tariff package with a contract duration of between six and 36 months, and a package based on a combination of the two, the Competition Authority said on Friday. Although increases and decreases in electricity prices are difficult…

Tallinn apartment prices starting to outstrip purchasing power

Friday, September 17, 2021

Apartment prices in Tallinn are rising too fast for residents of the capital to keep up. However, lower interest rates on housing loans is providing a bit of breathing space. During the first half of 2021, interest in real estate spiked pushing prices to new highs. While activity has calmed down over the course of the year, there are now fewer apartments for sale but more interested buyers, ETV’s current…

Rīga cycling marathon will see traffic restrictions Sunday

Friday, September 17, 2021

On Sunday, September 19, traffic will be significantly restricted in Riga due to a cycling marathon, Rīga City Council said Friday. From September 18, 8:00, to September 19, 20:00, vehicles will be banned from stopping and standing on 11. novembra krastmala between Akmens Bridge and Vanšu Bridge on the side of the Old Town, and on Citadeles Street, from Torņa Street to Pils square. Also from September 18, 17:00, to…

Tartu-Helsinki flights may restart in spring 2022

Friday, September 17, 2021

Flights between Finland and Estonia’s second largest city Tartu are expected to restart in spring 2022, although no firm agreement is in place yet. Flights between Helsinki and Tartu have been suspended since spring 2020 due to coronavirus but there is new hope the flight path will reopen next year. Two weeks ago, Tartu City Government and Finnair met to discuss the issue. Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas said both…

533 new Covid cases, morbidity back above 300 per 100,000 population

Friday, September 17, 2021

On Friday, September 17, Latvia recorded 533 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Of the total number of positive cases, 426 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 107 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 149,614. Of 35,108 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 1.5 % were positive. The 14-day cumulative infection rate per…

Three for the Weekend: new places, new experiences

Friday, September 17, 2021

Autumn breeze has been whirling through Latvia – but don’t let it scare you! Here are some events indoors and outdoors for a fun weekend. Robert’s Books shop (Dzirnavu Street 51) hosts a conversation between the creators of two recently published books looking at space and society in post-Soviet regions: “Baltic Stories” – Liāna Ivete Beņķe and Anete Ušča, and “Tolyatti” – Guido Sechi. Everyone is invited to take part in…

Steinmeier: “Anyone who threatens the Baltic states threatens the entire North Atlantic Alliance, and threatens Germany”

Friday, September 17, 2021

President Egils Levits was in Germany September 16, for a visit to the country in which he spent much of his youth, alongside his counterparts from Estonia and Lithuania to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and the Baltic states. Playing host was German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who delivered a speech to his Baltic counterparts at a luncheon they enjoyed together. The text of Steinmemer’s speech is reproduced below from…

Statistics: Number of e-commerce users up as enterprises begin using AI

Friday, September 17, 2021

The popularity of e-commerce has grown in Estonia with 62 percent of the population aged 16-74 making online purchases in the previous year. Among enterprises, the use of enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management software continues to increase as companies are trying out AI technologies, state agency Statistics Estonia reports. The number of e-commerce users increased by 9 percent year-on-year. “Considering the coronavirus restrictions, it is natural that the…