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

Riga

Rank Name Pop.

Liepāja

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

Daugavpils

6 Ventspils 42,657

Jelgava

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

Latvian News 26-5-2016

  • New requirements for lenders and other decisions viewed by the Saeima this week On Thursday, 26 May, the Saeima will view amendments to the Consumer Rights Protection Law in the second reading. These amendments are meant to enhance consumer protection and introduce new requirements for lenders and supervisory institutions. Deputies will also view amendments to the Civil Process Law, which are necessary to reduce the time it takes to review cassation requests. The Saeima will also view amendments to the repatriation law to help change the established generation restriction to include a wider range of people who can receive repatriate status. Amendments to the Aviation Law will be viewed in the second reading as well. These provide for the permission to military forces to shoot down UAVs near military objects or force them to land. In the first reading, the parliament will decide on the ratification of the agreement to deepen relations between EU member states and Kazakhstan. It is planned that the ratification of this agreement will enhance their cooperation in economy, including in the field of investments. In order to prevent the possibility of the country?s finance system being used for money laundering purposes or terrorism financing, the Saeima will decide on amendments that will help strengthen the financial sector. There are other drafts planned to be viewed by members of the parliament. Among them is a draft that provides for the establishment of legal justification for enforcement of compensation for damage caused during litigation of criminal processes and administrative violations. The Saeima will also decide whether or not to submit amendments to the Law on Retirement Pension for Military Personnel to committees for review. These amendments are meant to motivate soldiers to continue professional service. Deputies will also decide as to whether or not committees should review the initiative to provide social assistance to Latvians who had participated in combat during WWII regardless of the side they fought on. In total, there are 27 matters on the Saeima?s agenda for the 26 May meeting.
  • We recklessly pave the way for a new crisis A proposal has been voiced among politicians to not form a fiscal guarantee reserve for 2017 in order to increase the budget?s overall expenditures. «The main objective of the fiscal guarantee reserve is to create an opportunity for the government to make decisions and carry out actions to help avoid economic losses and ensure economic development,» ? Janis Platais, Chairman of the Fiscal Discipline Council, comments this proposal. «We will begin financing rising expenditures from a position of deficit, leaving them to the next generation to be paid. The Fiscal Discipline Council had previously noted the risks associated with indention from the Fiscal Discipline Law to increase the financing of Latvia?s healthcare in 2017. This proposal to circumvent the Fiscal Discipline Law will only speed up the rate at which we could arrive to a new crisis. The government has sacrificed the 2016 fiscal guarantee reserve on the altar of defence expenditures. In 2017, there will be even more contenders to help increase budget deficit at the expense of reserves necessary for development. Will we even remember the people that urge us to put the pedal to the metal when we will unavoidably have to choose which taxes to increase and which expenditures to reduce to compensate the lack of fiscal discipline in development years?» ? the chairman rhetorically asks. He believes such an approach only serves to pave the way to a new crisis.
  • Zatlers: Aboltina is suicidal It looks as though Unity?s current leader Solvita Aboltina aims to destroy her own party before she leaves, said ex-President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers in an interview to Ir magazine. Zatlers? own party had dissolved prior to the previous Saeima elections and was partially absorbed by Unity. Zatlers believes Aboltina?s behaviour in basically collapsing Unity?s managed government previously established by Laimdota Straujuma demonstrates that Aboltina is ?suicidal?. «Losing the prime minister, the finance minister and basically losing influence ? it is nothing short of political suicide. There was no reason why it had to be done, except, of course, her personal interests, which did not even come true. [?] It was clear who backstabbed who from the very beginning. It was not Solvita Aboltina who back-stabbed Aivars Lembergs,» ? the politician said. Looking at Unity?s chances in the next Saeima elections, Zatlers said Unity?s political niche is in demand in society. However, Unity?s political performance is, «putting it mildly ? laughable if not weak». «Do they even understand that they can only start in next elections with a very strong prime minister candidate? There will be no room for deceit ? parties will have to present real candidates with realistic programmes.» According to Zatlers, Harmony has not political goals. «They are no longer interesting to Kremlin». Zatlers is certain the party will not be influential in Latvia in the next 20 years. Both Nil Ushakov?s unsuccessful corrections about the occupation and Janis Urbanovics letter to Obama about non-citizens are nothing more than ?weak attempts to attract attention?. Kremlin, on the other hand, prefers more secretive agents and right-wing politicians in Europe, because ?they are ideologically close?, said Zatlers.