Posts published in Baltic states

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…

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…

Latvian central bank conference takes place September 20

Monday, September 20, 2021

The Latvian central bank, Latvijas Banka (LB) hosts its annual economic conference on 20 September 2021 (from 12:30 Rīga time). This year, the conference is dedicated to the subject of a sustainable economy. The conference will comprise two panel discussions: “Monetary and fiscal policy – interplay or fight?” and “Moving towards sustainable development”. The international conference “Sustainable Economy in Times of Change” will be organised mostly remotely, using video conferencing technology and will be accessible live…

President Levits on five-day US visit

Monday, September 20, 2021

From September 19 to 24, State President Egils Levits is on a working visit to the United States to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York and to visit the state of Michigan. The President’s speech to the UN General Assembly is scheduled for September 21. LSM.LV

Crisis within the health care system has already begun

Monday, September 20, 2021

One of the ways to lessen the number of Covid-19 infections and the number of hospitalizations would be to put additional restrictions on the unvaccinated, the head of the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology at Riga Stradins University, Professor Ģirts Briģis told the LETA newswire September 19. He also noted that there is no “brake handle” that can be pulled to improve the situation immediately. With regard to stricter restrictions,…

Polish, Lithuanian PMs sign co-operation agreement

Monday, September 20, 2021

Poland and Lithuania have adopted a declaration on bilateral co-operation following an inter-governmental meeting on Friday chaired by the prime ministers of the two countries. At a press conference Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, who stood alongside Ingrida Simonyte, his Lithuanian counterpart, said “our mutual security depends on our co-operation.” “This is a further step towards closer economic, commercial, business and investment ties,” Morawiecki continued. Morawiecki stressed that Polish-Lithuanian…

404 new Covid-19 cases Sunday

Sunday, September 19, 2021

On Sunday, September 19, Latvia recorded 404 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). Of the total number of positive cases, 340 were unvaccinated persons, or persons not fully vaccinated, and 64 were fully vaccinated.  The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic passed the 150,000 mark on Saturday and now stands at 150,560.  Of 13,294 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3 % were positive. The…

Visitor numbers doubled from June to July

Sunday, September 19, 2021

According to data published by the Central Statistical Bureau September 16, in July 2021 the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvia comprised 256.8 thousand, which is 14.1 % less than in July 2020, but double the number in June. In accommodation establishments visitors spent 452 thousand nights, which is 17.1 % less, compared to July of the previous year, and again 2.1 times more than in June. In July 2021 tourist accommodation establishments hosted 172.9 thousand Latvian visitors, which is 29.9 %…