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Economy & Politics: Why the Latvian airline airBaltic now only uses a fleet of Airbus A220-300
 
Economy & Politics: Why the Latvian airline airBaltic now only uses a fleet of Airbus A220-300
The CEO of the Latvian airline and commercial pilot, Martin Gauss, is visibly enthusiastic about the Airbus A220-300. The aircraft was originally designed and built by Bombardier as the CS300. The type certification by Transport Canada took place in December 2015. airBaltic was the first customer to receive the first production aircraft at the end...
Economy & Politics: The Latvian airline airBaltic has published unaudited consolidated financial results for the first six months of 2020
 
Economy & Politics: The Latvian airline airBaltic has published unaudited consolidated financial results for the first six months of 2020
Because of the corona crisis and the resulting ban on operations, which lasted 62 days, the Latvian airline airBaltic had to accept severe losses in sales and passenger numbers in the first half of 2020. This is shown by the quarterly figures published on Wednesday, August 26th, 2020. In the first half of 2020, sales...
Economy & Politics: The Latvian airline airBaltic is postponing the acquisition of new A220 NEO aircraft
 
Economy & Politics: The Latvian airline airBaltic is postponing the acquisition of new A220 NEO aircraft
The Latvian airline airBaltic is postponing the acquisition of new A220 NEO aircraft. It is also the only remaining scheduled airline in the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. airBaltic currently only operates a fleet of 22 Airbus A220-300s – formerly Bombardier C-Series – on medium-haul routes. AirBaltic originally wanted to fleet 28...
Travel & Tourism: Why the Germans are no longer allowed to enter Latvia or have to go into quarantine
 
Travel & Tourism: Why the Germans are no longer allowed to enter Latvia or have to go into quarantine
Latvia has a rigid policy towards foreigners since the outbreak of COVID-19. There has never been a social lock down in this country like in Germany, but the small Baltic country has been largely free of the virus since March 2020 through border closings and operating bans for the Riga airport and a temporary ban...
Economy & Politics: Why the poverty line determined by Latvian lawmakers is unconstitutional
 
Economy & Politics: Why the poverty line determined by Latvian lawmakers is unconstitutional
Latvia is undoubtedly not a country for social romanticists. There is no special social assistance system for disability and the elderly. However, those who are not entitled to disability benefits and old-age pensions can, under certain circumstances, receive the basic social security benefit (Valsts sociālā nodrošinājuma pabalsts). A family or individual is only considered to...
Economy & Politics: What the results of the EU Corona Summit mean for Latvia financially
 
Economy & Politics: What the results of the EU Corona Summit mean for Latvia financially
At a special summit on July 21, 2020, the representatives of the EU countries agreed on the largest financial package in their history in the fight against the corona economic crisis. The package comprises a total of 1.8 trillion euros – thereof 1074 billion euros for the next seven-year budget and 750 billion euros for...
Economy & Politics: From now on visitors in Latvia have to fill out questionnaires
 
Economy & Politics: From now on visitors in Latvia have to fill out questionnaires
The Latvian government has decided that travelers crossing the Latvian border with commercial travel companies, such as buses, ferries, trains and airlines, will be required to complete a questionnaire from July 16, 2020. See https://www.mk.gov.lv/en/content/covid-19. According to the Cabinet of Ministers, the data will be used to fight against the corona pandemic. So far, the...
Economy & Politics: Holidays in Latvia are now at least theoretically possible again, at least for citizens of some European countries
 
Economy & Politics: Holidays in Latvia are now at least theoretically possible again, at least for citizens of some European countries
On June 2, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of the State of Latvia decided that from June 3, 2020 the list of countries from which immigrants do not have to comply with the 14-day self-isolation will be expanded. For Latvian citizens, permanent residents and foreigners who have not visited countries other than Latvia, Lithuania or...
Economy & Politics: The consequences of the corona crisis for the Latvian economy and its employees
 
Economy & Politics: The consequences of the corona crisis for the Latvian economy and its employees
In a virtual press conference on April 22, 2020, Kaspars Rozkalns, the head of the Latvian State Investment and Development Agency LIIA, made the statement that the corona crisis will reduce exports of the small European country by 20 to 30 percent compared to to last year. At the same conference, Latvian Minister of Economy Janis...
Neighborhoods of Rīga: Zolitūde
 
Neighborhoods of Rīga: Zolitūde
Zolitūde is a neighborhood of the Latvian capital Rīga, which is located several kilometers west of the left bank of the Daugava River, the so-called Pārdaugava. The neighborhood belongs to the suburb of Zemgale. In Zolitūde almost 20,000 people live in an area of less than 3 square kilometers. This district is mostly characterized by...
Neighborhoods of Rīga: Skanste – The very modern heart of the capital of Latvia
 
Neighborhoods of Rīga: Skanste – The very modern heart of the capital of Latvia
Skanste is a neighborhood in Rīga, it is located in the center of Riga, but administratively belongs to the Vidzeme suburb. It is the most modern part of the Latvian capital and is characterized by multi-storey apartment buildings. The landmark of this neighborhood are the Skanstes virsotnes – the needles of Skanste. Today there are...
Neighborhoods of Rīga: Ziepniekkalns
 
Neighborhoods of Rīga: Ziepniekkalns
Ziepniekkalns is a neighborhood of the city of Riga in the Zemgale district. The neighborhood is located a few kilometers west of the left bank of the Daugava River, the so called Pārdaugavā. In large parts, Ziepnikkalns is a district that was planned and built in the 1970s and 1980s. Older parts goes back to...
Economy & Politics: Rail Baltica – Detail design work for Rail Baltica in Latvia is now starting
 
Economy & Politics: Rail Baltica – Detail design work for Rail Baltica in Latvia is now starting
RB Rail which is responsible for the project management of the new train network Rail Baltica has signed two contracts covering the detail design phase as well as the monitoring phase. The Rail Baltica is the largest infrastructure project of the three Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The high speed train network will connect...
Reisen & Tourismus: Der lettische Carrier airBaltic stellt wegen Coronavirus und COVID-19 vorübergehend alle internationalen Flugverbindungen ein
 
Reisen & Tourismus: Der lettische Carrier airBaltic stellt wegen Coronavirus und COVID-19 vorübergehend alle internationalen Flugverbindungen ein
airBaltic mit Sitz in der lettischen Hauptstadt Rīga ist die größte Airline der drei baltischen Staaten Estland, Lettland und Litauen. Sie ist ein bedeutender Carrier für Flugreisende aus Ost-, Mittel- und Nordeuropa in die baltischen Staaten. airBaltic betreibt eine Flotte von 38 Flugzeugen und befördert jährlich mehr als 3.5 Millionen Fluggäste. Die Airline ist durch das Coronavirus...
Travel & Tourism: Travel restrictions due to coronavirus COVID-19 of the Baltic States – Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania
 
Travel & Tourism: Travel restrictions due to coronavirus COVID-19 of the Baltic States – Estonia / Latvia / Lithuania
The COVID-19 coronavirus now also significantly limits travel within the Schengen zone. The Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have also largely closed off their borders. As a business traveler or tourist there is currently hardly any way to enter these countries. The information relates to the status of Sunday, March 15th, 2020 –...
Reisen & Tourismus: Reisebeschränkungen wegen Coronavirus COVID-19 der baltischen Staaten – Estland / Lettland / Litauen
 
Reisen & Tourismus: Reisebeschränkungen wegen Coronavirus COVID-19 der baltischen Staaten – Estland / Lettland / Litauen
Das Coronavirus COVID-19 schränkt mittlerweile auch das Reisen innerhalb der Schengenzone deutlich ein. Auch die baltischen Staaten Estland, Lettland und Litauen haben ihre Grenzen weitgehend abgeschottet. Als Geschäftsreisender oder Tourist gibt es im Moment kaum noch eine Möglichkeit in diese Länder einzureisen. Die Informationen beziehen sich auf den Stand von Sonntag, 15.03.2020 – Quelle: Auswärtiges Amt der...
Reisen & Tourismus: Vorerst müssen Reisende aus Deutschland nach der Einreise in Lettland und Litauen in Quarantäne
 
Reisen & Tourismus: Vorerst müssen Reisende aus Deutschland nach der Einreise in Lettland und Litauen in Quarantäne
Wer wirklich geglaubt hat, dass das Coronavirus COVID-19 an Deutschland vorbeigeht, hat sich gründlich geirrt. Die Anzahl der infizierten Personen beträgt Stand Freitag, 14.03.2020, deutlich über 3.600. Keines der 16 Bundesländer ist von Infizierten verschont geblieben. Unsere Nachbarstaaten haben mittlerweile Einreisebeschränkungen oder Einreiseverbote und Quarantänemaßnahmen erlassen. Das betrifft seit Freitag, 13.03.2020, auch die baltischen Staaten...
Wirtschaft & Politik: Lettland – Wie sich die wirtschaftliche Abhängigkeit von Russland auswirkt. Ein Fallbeispiel der lettischen Eisenbahn.
 
Wirtschaft & Politik: Lettland – Wie sich die wirtschaftliche Abhängigkeit von Russland auswirkt. Ein Fallbeispiel der lettischen Eisenbahn.
Lettland hat sich seit seiner Unabhängigkeit im Jahre 1991 bisher nicht wirtschaftlich von Russland emanzipieren können. Wegen der Lage im Nordosten Europas und einer direkten Grenze zu Russland ist Lettland ein wichtiges Transitland für russische Rohstoffe, die nach Mittel- und Westeuropa exportiert werden. Die Häfen in Rīga, Ventspils und Liepāja waren bisher wichtige Umschlagplätze für...
Wirtschaft & Politik: Rail Baltica – Wenn Politiker Technikern misstrauen oder wie man Steuergelder verschleudern kann
 
Wirtschaft & Politik: Rail Baltica – Wenn Politiker Technikern misstrauen oder wie man Steuergelder verschleudern kann
Wie bereits in anderen Artikeln über die Rail Baltica auf diesem Blog angemerkt, ist das neue Hochgeschindigkeitsbahnnetz die bedeutendste Infrastrukturmaßnahme der drei baltischen Staaten seit vielen Jahrzehnten. Die Linie soll die Städte Helsinki (Finnland), Tallinn (Estland), Rīga (Lettland), Kaunas (Litauen – mit Abzweigung nach Vilnius) und Warschau (Polen) mit Gleisen in mitteleuropäischer Normalspur verbinden. In allen...
Wirtschaft & Politik: Rīga – Weshalb die Buden am Zentralmakt an der Gogoļa iela schon vor dem Bau der Rail Baltica abgerissen wurden – Steuerfreie Zigaretten für 50 Cent
 
Wirtschaft & Politik: Rīga – Weshalb die Buden am Zentralmakt an der Gogoļa iela schon vor dem Bau der Rail Baltica abgerissen wurden – Steuerfreie Zigaretten für 50 Cent
Der Zentralmarkt in der Moskauer Vorstadt von Rīga hat sich in den letzten Jahren von einem Zentrum der Versorgung der Bevölkerung mit preiswerten Lebensmitteln zu einem wahren Touristenmagneten entwickelt. Die insgesamt fünf Hallen, die aus den Oberteilen ehemaliger deutscher Zeppinhallen aus Vaiņode bestehen, geben dem Markt ein besonderes Aussehen. Ein solcher Markt ist weltweit einmalig....
Wirtschaft & Politik: Weshalb das baltische Prestigeobjekt Rail Baltica komplett zu entgleisen droht – Eine aktuelle Bestandsaufnahme
 
Wirtschaft & Politik: Weshalb das baltische Prestigeobjekt Rail Baltica komplett zu entgleisen droht – Eine aktuelle Bestandsaufnahme
Die Rail Baltica soll in der letzten Ausbaustufe einmal die europäischen Großstädte Helsinki in Finnland, Tallinn in Estland, Rīga in Lettland, Kaunas in Litauen (mit einer Verbindung nach Vilnius) und Warschau in Polen mit Hochgeschwindigkeitszügen verbinden. Dieses Ziel wird seit 1994 verfolgt.  Es stellt zweifellos das größte Infrastrukturprojekt der baltischen Staaten seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges dar. Fertig gestellt...

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At the end of the 1980s, the people of the Baltic States no longer wanted to be east, but west. No longer beeing part of the Soviet Union, but of modern Europe. Since then, they have accomplished everything they set out to do. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are now members of NATO, Schengen countries and have adopted the EURO. On the way to modernity, people have made some sacrifices. In particular, the small state of Latvia and the capital Rīga fascinates me again and again. This city has undergone a complete transformation from large industry to a banking and service location and is today the economic engine of Latvia and the Baltic States, the heartbeat of the region. Vilnius as the capital of Lithuania and Tallinn as the capital of Estonia are cities of my dreams too. On this website, under "Blog" and "Photos" you can go on virtual forays through Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and see places that tourists rarely or never see. This website offers all this and much more, for example excursions into the history or stories from the business and politics of the Baltic States.


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