Welcome to the Consulate General of The Republic of Latvia to Lebanon

The Consulate General of Latvia in Beirut represents the Republic of Latvia in Lebanon and covers the 5 Boroughs of Beirut, Zahle, North of Lebanon, the South of Lebanon, and the Mont Lebanon. Its broad mission is to promote Latvian interests in Lebanon and to provide assistance to Latvians visiting Lebanon and residents. The Consulate seeks to assist in fostering broader knowledge in Lebanon about Latvia and to facilitate increased business, educational, and cultural relations between Lebanon and Latvia - one of the European Union's fastest growing and historically and culturally interesting nations.

Things you should know about Riga

  • Riga is the largest city in the three Baltic States
  • There are three major ports in Latvia - Liepaja, Riga and Ventspils, as well as seven smaller ports - Skulte, Mersrags, Salacgriva, Pavilosta, Roja, Lielupe and Engure, which are situated along the entire coastline of Latvia.
  • Riga is Europe's capital of art nouveau architecture
  • Riga is one of the greenest city in the region
  • Historic center in Riga is included in the UNESCO world heritage list
  • Riga , ranked as the best large European city for cost effectiveness by FDI Magazine
Largest cities or towns of Latvia


Rank Name Pop.


1 Riga 705,703
2 Daugavpils 103,053
3 Liepāja 83,884
4 Jelgava 64,748
5 Jūrmala 56,147


6 Ventspils 42,657


7 Rēzekne 34,912
8 Valmiera 27,217
9 Jēkabpils 26,378
10 Ogre 26,167

Latvian News 16-2-2017

  • Daudze: Latvia has to search for cooperation options with Russia Although Latvia and Russia find it difficult to agree on certain topics, as neighbouring states we have to maintain a dialogue and search for cooperation options, said Saeima speaker?s associate Gundars Daudze during his meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Evgeny Lukyanov on Tuesday, 14 February. The ambassador had arrived to visit the Saeima for the first time. ?Latvia is open to forming a dialogue with Russia on a parliamentary level. Latvia?s Saeima has formed a work group for cooperation with members of the Russian parliament. We are ready to commence inter-parliamentary cooperation, including exchange of visits,? Daudze said. Officials said practical industrial cooperation between the two countries so far has been continuous. Progress is noted in some fields. Progress made in the demarcation of the border are between the two countries is viewed positively. Daudze invited the Russian side to perform the necessary procedures to conclude the demarcation process as soon as possible. The next Latvian-Russian Intergovernmental Committee?s meeting is planned for May, as reported by Saeima?s press-service. Daudze also suggested increasing cooperation between Latvia and Russia in the field of logistics. He also voiced the need to reduce obstacles in trading. During this year?s winter period, Russia has been actively using advantages offered by Latvian ports, the ambassador admitted, adding that he would like to visit transport infrastructure objects outside of Riga. Daudze noted that new cooperation opportunities may open up thanks to transit of Chinese cargoes. Saeima speaker?s associate mentioned Latvian food processing industry as the one in which it is possible to develop better relations and exports to Russia. Latvia?s side, in the meanwhile, is waiting for a response from Rossselhoznadzor and lifting of import restrictions for Latvian goods. Officials agreed that cross-border cooperation between the two countries so far has been successful. Projects realized as part of it have been successful and have helped improve border infrastructure and benefit residents on both sides of the border, as reported by Saeima?s press-service.
  • NATO meeting agenda: alliance?s new challenges and defence Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis will be taking part in NATO ministers? meeting in Brussels on 15th and 16th February. NATO ministers will discuss emerging challenges the alliance now faces, as well as defense and deterrence capabilities and their application, as reported by Defense Ministry?s press-department. There will also be a meeting of ministers of the coalition against ISIS, as well as a meeting of the NATO-Georgian commission. Bergmanis will also take part in a meeting organized by Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan for member states of the multinational battalion. This includes Canada, Latvia, Albania, Italy, Spain, Slovenia and Poland. At this meeting, officials will discuss the battalion?s arrival in Latvia and the country?s ability to welcome NATO troops. During a trilateral meeting, Bergmanis will meet with Estonian Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna and Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis. Bergmanis will also meet with his Georgian counterpart Levan Izoria to discuss mutual cooperation between Latvia and Georgia.
  • Vinkele: higher education should be viewed as a successful export industry «Careful work on attraction of foreign students would help improve the quality of higher education in Latvia by motivating improvements of the study programmes and their competitiveness on the international level,» says head of Saeima?s Education, Culture and Science Committee Ilze Vinkele. On Wednesday, 15 February, the committee held discussions about higher education as a rapidly growing service industry of Latvia?s national economy. Members of the committee also had a look at results of Certus? study performed on this topic, as reported by Saeima?s press-service. Vinkele says it is important to enhance higher education as a successful export industry that helps create a clever integration policy and encourage competitive youngsters to remain in Latvia after completing education. Certus research professor Daunis Auers informed members of the committee that nearly 5,500 foreign students enrolled on education programmes in Latvia in 2015/2016 school year. Their numbers have risen significantly over the past several years. Their number has exceeded 6,300 this year, and this does not include participants of Erasmus+ programme. Most foreign students study at Riga Stradins University, Riga Technical University and University of Latvia. It was concluded in the study that higher education export sector had created added value for Latvia?s national economy worth EUR 148 million, which is equal to 0.61% of the country?s GDP. Estimates state that a single foreign student spends close to EUR 12,264 in Latvia annually. This amount includes tuition fees, housing expenses and other expenses. According to Cert representatives, approximately 10% of foreign students consider the idea of staying in Latvia after graduating. In reality, however, most return to their home country. Sometimes the choice to leave Latvia is influenced by different bureaucratic obstacles, such as the difficulty of obtaining a residence permit. According to Vinkele, it is important to improve integration of those students and encourage them to stay for life in Latvia after graduating. Since these people know Latvia, its culture and language, their attraction would serve as a start of a clever integration policy. It would also improve the growth of our country?s national economy.