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Estonian hospitals are looking for employees in Latvia, with classifieds websites bursting with job offers for Latvian doctors. As Estonia itself is seeing healthcare specialists flock to Helsinki and Stockholm for better pay, they've started to look for personnel in Latvia. The Ida-Viru Central Hospital lies five ...

The number of grave crimes in Latvia dropped by 9.6% last year, Kalnmeiers said, describing it as a significant reduction. The number of less serious crimes declined by 1% and the number of criminal offenses was down 12%. The number of especially grave crimes, however, increased from 1,740 in 2016 ...
The United States has full confidence that the government of Latvia will take the necessary steps to uphold the integrity of its banking and financial sector. For many years, we have been working together with Latvia to combat corruption, money laundering, and other threats to international security. Moving ...
Five people have been arrested during simultaneous raids in Derby and Latvia as part of an investigation into modern slavery and human trafficking. Two men and two women were arrested at two houses in Latvia on Tuesday, while a 32-year-old woman was arrested at a house in St James' Road, ...

Spain's economy minister, Luis de Guindos, is poised to become vice president of the European central bank, raising hopes in Madrid for more clout in the E.U.'s halls of power. • The European Central Bank froze payments by ABLV Bank, one of Latvia's biggest banks, amid accusations, which it denies, ...
VILNIUS - Lithuania in the late 2000s promised Latvia to support its efforts to build a liquefied natural gas terminal near Riga, but broke that promise, a former diplomat says. "I had no serious arguments in defense of Lithuania's policy. I do not know why it was decided not to fulfill the promises made to the ...
Latvia's banking system is facing more issues. Not only did one bank have to request emergency support after U.S. officials accused it of helping to breach North Korean sanctions, but the chief of the country's central bank has also been hit with bribery allegations. According to Reuters, this is just the latest scandal for the ...
At the same time, the list has been designed to prevent employers from bringing to Latvia low-cost labor from third countries with the intention to lower the average wage in the specific sector. The ministry has estimated that about 300 highly-skilled professionals from abroad could come work in Latvia based ...
Latvia's third-largest lender was left facing rapidly mounting problems Monday, after the U.S. Treasury accused it of money laundering and defying Western sanctions. Not only this, the head of the country's central bank was held in custody over the weekend, accused of soliciting a bribe by Riga's ...
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 file photo, Gov. of Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics holds a Euro note in Riga, Lavia. Latvia's state broadcaster said Saturday Feb. 18, 2018, that the national anti-corruption agency raided the office and a property of the head of the country's central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics.
(Bloomberg) -- The detention of European central bank policy maker Ilmars Rimsevics is one of the most serious such cases to afflict the institution in its two-decade history, but it's not the first. The 52-year-old head of the Latvian central bank, held by the country's anti-corruption bureau at the weekend and ...
RIGA - The Bank of Latvia has granted a EUR 97.5 million loan to ABLV Bank against a pledge of securities, the Latvian central bank said. "Based on the request from ABLV Bank and a supporting opinion from the finance and capital market Commission, the Bank of Latvia has decided to grant a EUR 97.5 ...
On Saturday the 24th of February, seven artists will compete in the final of Supernova in Latvia, to win the Latvian ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Markus Riva tried to go to Eurovision a couple of times before. Will this Saturday become his night? After the second semi final, a shock elimination ...
Latvia's top banking official, a key member of the European central bank, was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the European nation's financial system. Latvian state TV showed Ilmars Rimsevics arriving at ...
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has agreed with his Latvian counterpart Edgars Rinkevics on the need to maximize pressure on North Korea. Kono held meetings with foreign ministers from 4 countries in Germany on Saturday on the sidelines of an international security conference. Kono praised ...

Thanks to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as well as its own efforts, Latvia almost certainly is protected against a Russian military threat of the kind some in Moscow constantly threaten the Baltic States with. Indeed, a new Estonian government report specifically concludes that a Russian ...
Latvia's considerably lower duty on alcoholic beverages makes it profitable for Estonian producers to send booze wagons to alcohol superstores just yards into Latvian territory and consumers are quite happy to follow in their wake to buy their beer, wine and spirits at Latvian rather than Estonian prices.
RIGA, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Latvian construction sector grew by 19.5 percent over the past year, according to the data released on Monday by the Baltic country's national statistics office. In 2017, Latvian construction sector's output totaled 1.73 billion euros at current prices, the statistics office said.
Moon, in particular, asked for Latvia's support for his efforts to build on the conciliatory mood formed between the two Koreas on the occasion of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics to create the conditions for denuclearization talks, officials said. Noting that Vejonis is the first Latvian president to visit South ...
Latvian officials have offered their condolences to Russia following the crash of a passenger airliner near Moscow. "The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who died in a plane crash in Russia, not far from Moscow's Domodedovo airport, ...
Most of Latvia's brain power comes from the distaff side, with 51% of researchers being women according to EUrostat data for 2015, the most recent data available. That's against the EU average of 33.4%, with runners-off Lithuania and Croatia slightly behind with 50.7% and 48.9% respectively. Meanwhile ...
Nevertheless, since 2011 when the Council of Europe approved the convention, it has served as a roadmap, and numerous laws recommended by the convention have in fact already been introduced into Latvia's legislation. The Welfare Ministry told LTV that among the introduced laws was one authorizing ...
Seven P.E.I. naval reservists from HMCS Queen Charlotte are training for a mission that would take them to Latvia, providing protection for a navy ship when it comes to port. Lt.-Cmdr. Rob Alain says being part of the Naval Security Team is a great opportunity for the reservists. "When a ship goes into a ...
RIGA, Latvia -- TechChill's hackathon - focused on the next generation of data-driven smart contract technology and organized by New York-based Zap.org, the leading innovator in the blockchain smart contract space, over the weekend united blockchain enthusiasts in the Business Incubator of the ...
Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis on Monday, February 12 will sign a €108 million contract to buy "Spike" anti-tank missiles from Israeli manufacturer Rafael. Bergmanis and Executive Directors of EuroSpike Guenter Lauer and Arie Lapidot are to sign the agreement on the purchase at the Ministry of ...
Latvia's journey towards the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest continues with the selection of two more acts who will compete in the country's Supernova final on the 24 February. A total of 21 acts will compete this year for the Latvian golden ticket to Lisbon. In the first semi-final held last Saturday Liene ...
The State Secretary welcomed the resumption of negotiations on an agreement between Latvia and Belarus on the protection and management of cross-border waters, including the Daugava/Zapadnaya Dvina river basin, which should preferably be signed already this year. The parties were unanimous ...
Dave "Tiger" Williams, the former Toronto Maple Leafs professional hockey player, has been charged with sexual assault and assault after an incident on a military flight during a trip to visit Canadian troops in Latvia. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service charged Williams with sexual assault ...
Latvia became the sixth country in the world and the final of the three Baltic countries to pass a version of the Magnitsky law on Thursday. Its parliament voted to impose travel restrictions to 49 Russian citizens who were involved with to the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky or other human rights ...
The two-day visit of the governmental delegation led by Prime Minister Maris Kuchinskis to Minsk included a round of talks in the government and parliament, meetings with business, visiting the high-tech park and the Great Stone Industrial Park. By the way, the high guest from Latvia became the first ...
The Taxify rideshare app won't be leaving Latvia after a controversial rule was removed from the proposed rideshare regulations, Taxify Latvia head Juris Krūmiņš told Latvian Radio February ... As reported, Taxify had threatened it would leave Latvia should controversial rideshare regulations be adopted.
This 450-strong battle group based in the First Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) has now been fully replaced by members of the New Brunswick-based Second Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Canadian troops first deployed into Latvia over seven months ago as ...
RIGA: Ahead of Latvia's Centennial, which will be celebrated throughout 2018, the support for local film production steadily increased to 9,109,016 EUR in 2017, with more than 2 m EUR increase compared to 2016. Film production has taken a more robust path due to the Latvian films for Latvian ...
RIGA, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Latvian finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola wants to increase investment in scientific research and innovation, naming it one of the Baltic country's top budget priorities for next year so that Latvia could make products with high added value. The minister said in an interview with ...
MINSK, 7 February (BelTA) - Belarus and Latvia reached an agreement on early notification of nuclear accidents, information exchange, and cooperation in nuclear safety and radiation protection. The document was signed by Belarusian Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov and his Latvian counterpart Maris ...
Latvia plans to invest EUR50 million (USD61.7 million) a year from 2018 to 2021 in developing military infrastructure, including two training areas, the Ministry of Defence said on its website on 25 January. The priority is to expand facilities at military bases dedicated to NATO forces. In 2018, 60% of ...
Two small countries, Iceland and Latvia, were severely affected during the global crisis in 2008. Iceland was the first to be hit and Latvia the hardest hit. Two fundamental differences influenced their response. Iceland's banking system was in local ownership and Iceland was not an EU member state, but ...
Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) has submitted to the European Commission a plan for rebuilding a dismantled railway track from Mazeikiai, a town in northwestern Lithuania where Orlen Lietuva's crude refinery is located, to Renge, in Latvia, by the end of 2019. Mantas Dubauskas, spokesman ...
RIGA, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- The average value of tax-free purchases made by Chinese tourists in Latvia last year was second only to U.S. citizens, according to statistics released Wednesday by Global Blue Latvija tax refund provider. Chinese tourists visiting Latvia last year spent an average of 347 euros ...
Later the European Commission started an infringement procedure against five member states (Austria, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia and Sweden) and initiated the pre-infringement procedure against other member states, including Latvia, requesting information about compliance of the BITs with ...
Latvia, as a European Union member, has the responsibility not to delay with the ratification process of the Istanbul Convention, the Foreign Ministry claims. The Foreign Ministry reminds that the Istanbul Convention deals with important issues, like violence within the family, with unfortunately remains a ...
RIGA - The NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller, will make a two-day official visit to Latvia on February 1-2, the Latvian Defense Ministry said. On February 1, Gottemoeller will visit Adaži military base in central Latvia and meet with troops of the Canadian-led NATO battlegroup. On February ...
"Among more than 650,000 unique Smart-ID users in the Baltic states, more than 300,000 are from Latvia, more than 200,000 from Lithuania, and more than 150,000 from Estonia," Smart-ID business development director Liisa Lukin said. According to SK ID Solutions, the biggest increase in Smart-ID user ...
This system cannot be regarded as tax-free because dividends in Latvia are taxable. As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ukrainian government signed a decree on December 27, 2017, that added 22 countries to its offshore watchlist, Estonia was among them. With the same decision, another two countries, ...
In the line-up will be Evita Zālīte, pictured, soloist of the Latvian National Opera, a foster mother to four children and a recipient of the Latvijas Lepnums (Latvia is Proud of Them) award. Zālīte has inspired many through her life, achievements and artistic work. guitarist Ilze Grunte has a broad repertoire ...
Polaris said the USD500,000 contract is for MRZR 2 side-by-side, Sportsman 6x6, and MV850 ATVs, plus spare parts and operator and maintenance training by Polaris in Latvia. It did not disclose the number of vehicles ordered. Want to read more? For analysis on this article and access to all our insight ...
Heavyweight prospect Otto Wallin improved his unbeaten streak to 19 with a third round TKO win over journeyman Srdan Govedarica. The 27-year-old Swedish pugilist settled his jab early in round one and dropped Govedarica (6-6, 5 KOs) in the second and third frames respectively thanks to calculated ...
RIGA - Altogether 1,749 counterfeit banknotes and coins were discovered in Latvia in 2017, which is a growth by 11 percent from 2016, yet Latvia is still among the Euro area countries with the lowest numbers of counterfeits, the Bank of Latvia said. Last year the Bank of Latvia checked and found fake 1,462 ...


 

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