Posts published in Day: September 20, 2021

Latvia had EU’s highest homicide rate in 2019

Monday, September 20, 2021

Latest data from European Union statistical agency Eurostat shows Latvia leading the EU for the number of homicides per head of population. In 2019, there were 3,875 police-recorded    intentional homicides   in the EU, the lowest number in the period 2008-2019 and a reduction of 32 % since 2008. But figures for intentional homicide in relation to the population size (police-recorded offences per 100,000 inhabitants) published September 17 show that in 2019, the…

What Would a NATO-Russia War Really Look Like?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Here’s What You Need To Know: Russia would need to size its invasion force to not only beat the local NATO forces in the Baltics but to fight the entire alliance and defeat a counter-attack. How would a war between Russia and NATO in the Baltics play out? Chances of a Russian invasion of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia appear fairly remote. Even the RAND Corporation, which has been particularly hawkish,…

Nordica: opening direct lines from Tallinn unreasonable

Monday, September 20, 2021

Erki Urva, chairman of the board of state airline Nordica, said the current route network of Tallinn Airport is unrealistic, since some of the advertised routes will not actually take off. Nordica also does not consider opening direct lines from Tallinn to be reasonable financially. Henrik Hololei, head of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport,said on Mondaythat it would be elementary for a state-owned airline to fly from…

Only new renewable capacities able to bring price of electricity down

Monday, September 20, 2021

The record-breaking electricity price this week has consumers worried. While energy companies and politicians are trying to mitigate the blow, the only thing that can keep the price down in the long run is having enough environmentally friendly production capacity. The world’s largest oil shale heat and power plant, first launched half a century ago, has once again become the flagship of national energy company Eesti Energia. Because the company’s…

Latvia added to Lithuania’s travel ‘red list’

Monday, September 20, 2021

Latvia is among the latest countries added to Lithuania’s travel ‘red list’, LRT in Vilnius reports . Luxembourg and Romania are also added to the red list in the latest weekly update. People coming from countries on the red list must self-isolate for ten days and get tested for Covid-19 unless they have recovered from the coronavirus in the past 180 days or have been vaccinated. Travellers arriving in Lithuania from…

Unemployment rate in August at lowest level since December 2019

Monday, September 20, 2021

Data published by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) September 20 show that in August 2021 Latvia’s actual unemployment rate comprised 6.9 %, which is 0.6 percentage points less than in July.   The actual unemployment rate in the country has not been this low since December 2019 (6.6 %). The unemployment rate for women decreased by 0.4 percentage points to 5.7 % in August, but for men by 0.7 percentage points to 8.1 %. The unemployment rate…

Privatization of Lithuanian lands by NATO troops

By Dominykas Urbonas on Monday, September 20, 2021

Lithuanian authorities are taking away the last money from the population of the republic to sponsor NATO. Militarization of the Baltic States is now underway. The Baltic States increase military spending. Vilnius spent money on the construction of military camps and training grounds for foreign military personnel, as well as on the construction of infrastructure for the transfer of foreign troops. So, to “get more attention from Washington”, Lithuania opened…

European Commission transport chief: Nordica should fly from Tallinn

Monday, September 20, 2021

If we have a state-owned airline, it would be elementary for it to fly to destinations other than the home airport, Henrik Hololei, head of the European Commission’s Chief-General for Mobility and Transport said. Hololei told ETV’s morning show “Terevisioon” that the Baltic aviation market is small but functioning. “How the Estonian state-owned airline (Nordica – ed.) continues to operate is a question for the owner. If we have a…

What’s the difference between ‘refugee’ and ‘alternative’ status?

Monday, September 20, 2021

With the artificially-created crisis on the borders of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland with Belarus creating a great deal of coverage, those involved are variously described as migrants or refugees, and their exact legal status is further complicated by applications for ‘protection’ or ‘alternative status’. Now the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) has sought to clarify matters with  a useful guide   to the correct terminology and the different legal statuses…

189 new Covid cases in Latvia

Monday, September 20, 2021

On Monday, September 20, Latvia recorded 189 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Monday’s figure is usually the lowest of the week due to a smaller number of tests being conducted on Sundays. Of the total number of positive cases, 138 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 51 were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic passed the 150,000…