Posts tagged as pandemic

Tax take rises nearly 15 percent in April 2021 compared with previous year

Friday, June 11, 2021

Tax take for April stood at €670.8, a 14.9 percent rise on year, the Tax and Customs Board (MTA) says, with growth mainly fueled by the low starting point, given that April 2020 was the first full month to follow the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic. VAT receipts January to April 2021 came to €804 million, 19 percent more than in the same period in 2020, though even 5.9 percent…

Tallinn Airport summer destinations little over half pre-pandemic figure

Friday, June 11, 2021

From this summer, direct flights from Tallinn Airport will travel to twenty-six international destinations, in twenty countries, as travel restrictions start to at least partly lift. This is still little more than half the total for summer 2019, however, when forty destinations were on the agenda. At present, flights travel to 22 international destinations, with four more to come soon, Tallinn Airport says. The airport’s commercial manager, Eero Pärgmäe, told…

76 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia

Monday, June 7, 2021

On Monday, June 7, Latvia recorded 76 new cases of Covid-19 infection, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). It is the first time the daily total has been in double digits since November 2020. The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 134,888. Of 2,894 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 2.6% were positive, up slightly on the 2.4% rate of Sunday and in line…

Estonian Foreign Policy in the Pandemic: Interview with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets

Monday, June 7, 2021

Estonia has a reputation for being one of the most digitized societies in the world. How has this impacted your foreign policy approach, especially your promotion of human rights, free speech, and privacy in the digital sphere? The protection and promotion of human rights, including freedom of expression, is an integral part of Estonia’s foreign policy. The digitization of society has played an important role in defining our human rights…

Rising fuel prices, electricity increased Consumer Price Index in Estonia

Monday, June 7, 2021

In May 2021, the consumer price index increased by 0.9 percent compared to April 2021 and by 3.6 percent compared to May 2020. Rising prices of motor fuel and electricity were behind the increase. Goods were 2.9 percent and services 4.4 percent more expensive than in May last year. Viktoria Trasanov, lead analyst at Statistics Estonia, said, compared to May 2020, the consumer price index was influenced the most by…

Passenger transport reduced by half in Latvia

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published June 2 show that in the first quarter of 2021, compared to the 1st quarter of 2020, passenger traffic by all modes of transport has reduced by at least a half. Covid-19 pandemic and related movement restrictions determined the significant drop by all modes of transport. During the 1st quarter of 2021, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 24.9 million passengers,…

Pandemic has changed sources and proportions of municipal waste

Monday, May 24, 2021

The sources of waste generated have shifted during the pandemic, both in Latvia and the European Union as a whole, EURANET PLUS reported May 24. For some time, the European Union has defined the green course, or the move towards a more environmentally friendly continent, as one of its main priorities. One of the very important elements of the green course is waste management and the so-called circular economy, which on…

Pandemic narrowed online ad sales gap between tech giants and local firms

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The arrival of the pandemic hit online advertising in Estonia hard in 2020, reversing a trend for growth in preceding years, according to a recent survey. At the same time, the latter part of the year saw some recovery in the sector, while the gap closed between tech giants like Facebook and Google and local, far smaller online advertisers in growth rates in market share. Estonia saw the largest fall…

AK: Threefold fall in potato cultivation in past decade

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Potato growing in Estonia has seen a three-fold decline in the past decade, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Tuesday. Farmers are blaming the unprofitability of growing the tuber – which only makes money one year out of every three, they say – as well as a lack of Russian demand, competition from producers in central Europe and, in the past year at least, the effects of the pandemic.…

Castles and manors try to adapt to pandemic-era tourist trade

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The pandemic has hit the cultural and entertainment sector hard, just as it has hit most other sectors. Therefore, new ways are being sought to allow tourists and others to spend time safely in these conditions at historic buildings. Representatives of several Latvian castles and manors are reorienting their cultural and entertainment offers by taking them outdoors. However, other cultural and historical sites have been forced closed to their doors to visitors. During the ongoing pandemic,…