November 18 – Latvia’s Independence Day

November 17th, 2009
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Flag of Latvia

On November 18,1918, the independence of Latvia was declared. The same day the National Council elected Latvia’s first provisional government and the first prime minister of Latvia, Kārlis Ulmanis.

However, Latvia lost its independence on June 17, 1940, when World War II began and regained it in 1991.

This year, on Latvia’s independence Day at  9 p.m. Latvia time, all Latvians around the world will sing Latvia’s national anthem “Dievs Svēti Latviju” (God Bless Latvia).

Lāčplēsis Day

November 11th, 2009

Lāčplēsis DayLāčplēsis Day (Latvian: Lāčplēša Diena) – Latvian Freedom Fighters’ Remembrance Day, is celebrated on November 11. On this date, Latvians commemorate the victory over the Bermontians at the battle of Riga.

It is a very important day in the life of every Latvian citizen. On November 11, 1919, the Latvian Army fought and won a fierce battle against the Russian and German forces, which had taken up arms against the Republic of Latvia. This victory over the forces of Bermont-Avalov was significant in the birth of Latvia as an independent nation. The victory marked the conclusion of the Latvian War of Liberation (1918–1920). The day is celebrated with ceremonies and concerts throughout the city.

Lāčplēsis (literal translation”Bear-slayer”) is an epic poem by Andrejs Pumpurs, a Latvian poet, who wrote it between 1872-1887 based on local legends. Lāčplēsis is regarded as the Latvian national epic. The poem recounts the life of the legendary hero Lāčplēsis, chosen by the gods to become a hero of his people.


November 11th, 2009

New brand created for promoting Riga

Live Riga

Live Riga

A new Riga city brand LIVE RĪGA has been created to promote Riga as a Nordic metropolis. Behind the brand is a strong passion for the city, with Riga as both the ideal setting for its residents and a most attractive destination for the many tourists who enjoy it year after year.

Riga possesses something rather unique. It is a four-letter word, in the English language associated with meaning of love and life. This fact gives the opportunity to use short and memorable verbs to communicate the many different facets the city has to offer in conjunction with the word Riga: LOOK RIGA, STAY RIGA, FEEL RIGA, WORK RIGA. There are many voices in Riga, who want the city to live and to be lively and to be perceived as such in other parts of the world. No other expression than LIVE RIGA could capture this emotion better.

Five years from now, Riga will be ready to shine as the European Cultural Capital (2014). LIVE RIGA will be the city’s platform for all activities that help develop and present the city as a modern urban center in Northern Europe. Riga will be known and respected for its gateway function between Northern, Eastern and Western economies and cultures. The cultural competence of Riga citizens will shine as a major asset that the city has to offer. Because the cultural identity of Latvians has always remained strong, it should set Riga apart as a place in the world, where unique experiences can be made and shared. Riga should be a great place for tourists to visit and much more: It should be a place where urban migrants, creative people and opinion leaders will want to live and network for the benefit of the city and its citizens ­ LIVE RIGA!

The new Riga Tourism Development Bureau founded by Riga City Council, airBaltic, the Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association and the Latvian Travel Agents’ Association will be responsible for implementation of the new image and for promoting Riga’s as an attractive destination to live, study, work and visit as leisure and business tourist.

The city image has been developed by a German agency Embassy who are known for creating the image for the city of Berlin.


Riga Passenger Ferry Port

October 26th, 2009

Riga Passenger Ferry PortRiga Passenger Ferry Port (Latvian: Rīgas pasažieru termināls) is a terminal in Riga, Latvia, that services public and private passenger traffic by sea. The terminal is situated at the address 3A Eksporta Street.

Tallink operates a daily ferry service between Stockholm and Riga. The ferries have a full service bars, restaurants and live entertainment. Riga Passenger Ferry Port is close to Old Riga. By walking, it takes some 20 minutes to get from the port to Old Riga or some 5 minutes by a car.

Riga Passenger Ferry Port

Train Service

October 26th, 2009

Latvian RailwayLatvian Railway (Latvian: Latvijas Dzelzceļš; abrivated: LDz) is the main state-owned railway company in Latvia. First railways in the territory of Latvia were built in the 19th century.

Latvian Railway was established in 1919 and this year celebrated its 90th anniversary of foundation.  At the moment, Riga’s international rail connections allow travelling only to destinations in Russia. However, it offers passenger transportation to other major cities in Latvia.

More information about the local passenger transportation can be found here.

Riga Central Station