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 9-9-2016

  • Latvian companies want to cooperate with China?s largest port city On Wednesday, 7 September, Latvian Economy Minister Arvils Aseradens took part in Discover Latvia business forum in Ningbo, China. He also met with the Mayor of Ningbo, visited Latvia?s national pavilion in Ningbo and Latvia?s Foreign Economic Representation Office in this city. Ningbo is China?s largest port city with the world?s largest cargo handling capacity of 900 million tons. The city also has a developed textile and mechanical engineering industries, as well as oil processing, energy and metalworking companies. Ningbo has been successfully developing in recent years. Ningbo is one of China?s richest cities. Representatives of 20 Latvian companies from transport, logistics, food processing, cosmetics, textile and design and other industries took part in the Discover Latvia business forum in Ningbo, as reported by Latvian Economy Ministry. «Latvian companies can offer the Chinese market different niche products and eco products. In confirmation of the high quality of Latvian products, an agreement was signed during the forum on the supply of products from Gamma-A fish processing company. Products of this company will become available to China?s consumers in 2017,» ? Aseradens said. During the meeting with the Mayor of Ningbo, Aseradens emphasized cooperation between Latvia and Ningbo. Last year, Latvian Tourism Development State Agency and Ningbo signed an agreement on closer cooperation in tourism. During his visit to Ningbo, Aseradens also visited Latvia?s national pavilion in Ningbo. Different events aimed at improving cooperation between the two countries are organized in this pavilion. It also functions as a meeting place, where manufacturers can meet with officials from China. The minister also visited the recently opened Latvia?s external economic representation office in Ningbo. The agreement that was signed with Jiangbei municipality this June provides for the opening of a representation office in Ningbo and free use of office space for meetings, expositions and other events for the improvement of Latvian-Chinese relations in the next two years.
  • Saeima concludes work on amendments to Social Insurance Law On Wednesday, 7 September, Saeima?s Social and Employment Matters Committee supported in the final reading amendments to the State Social Insurance Law to improve the social insurance system and resolve a number of problems in this sector. Amendments approved by the committee are intended to cancel regulations that govern the social insurance for people paying fixed personal income tax, because starting from 2016 there will no longer be an option to pay fixed personal income tax, as reported by Saeima?s press-service. There are many recorded cases when people whose social fees are paid by the state (in cases of unemployment, maternity, etc.) turn out to be also employed in another country, where they also pay taxes. Thereby the person is social insured in two countries at the same time even though the law states that social insurance fees from the state budget are not to be performed if a person works abroad. With that, the draft provides State Social Insurance Agency the right to revoke a person?s social insurance payments from the state budget if the agency receives information about said person?s employment in another country. Amendments also state that in cases when social insurance fees are mistakenly made in another EU member state, Eurozone state or Switzerland and are then transferred to Latvia, these fees are not applied with delay penalties. Amendments to the law also allow self-employed people to correct their self-employment report one a month. In order to ensure effective recovery of overpaid social insurance services, it is planned to clarify regulations regarding the recovery of overpaid fees. Amendments to the State Social Insurance Law still need to be reviewed by the Saeima in the third reading.
  • Saeima gathers for the first meeting in the autumn session On Thursday, 8 September, the Saeima will gather for the first meeting in the autumn session. During this meeting, it is planned to view amendment to the Law on Latvian Museum of Occupation. These amendments are meant to introduce regulations for the construction of a memorial complex for the commemoration of victims of the Soviet occupation. The parliament will discuss ten drafts and submission of 43 legal drafts to committees for review. The Saeima will decide on the decline of the ?Restoration of Riga?s true Victory Square? collective application and the future progress of ?For Latvia, free of gene-modified organisms? collective application. The parliament will also decide on whether or not to submit Air Passenger Data Processing Law to committees for review. The goal of this legal draft is to provide passenger data processing measures to secure analysis for the investigation and prevention of serious and very serious crimes, as reported by Saeima press-service. It is also planned to provide committees with a new Public Procurement Law, which provides for clarification, expansion and amendment to the list of exceptions that will not require procurement processes. Other changes will be discussed as well. During the meeting, deputies will also view amendments to the law to expand the prohibition on smoking in the presence of children to include electronic cigarettes to the list. The parliament will discuss the progress of amendments for the Road Traffic Carriers Law. Deputies will decide whether or not the parliament will view amendments that are meant to change soldiers? bonus pay for teaching and other bonuses and other bonuses to 50% (30% at the moment). The Saeima will also discuss amendments to the Natural Resources Tax Law, which are meant to increase tax rates for procurements of plastic for plastic bags. In total, there are 52 matters on the Saeima?s agenda for the 8 September meeting.
  • Disk thrower Apinis wins gold at paralympic games in Rio Latvian Paralympian Aigars Apinis triumphed at Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, 8 September, by winning gold in the disk-throwing discipline. This is his fourth gold medal in his career. His first attempt resulted in 19.90 m. The second result was an improvement over the first by 12 cm. In his third attempt, Apinis managed a 20.83 m throw, which was the best result among the seven contestants. Polish Paralympian Robert Jachimowicz (19.10 m) won silver and Croatian Velimir Sandor (18.24 m) won bronze. Apinis, participant of five Paralympic games, now has four gold, two silver and two bronze medals. Apinis also has many medals from world and European championships. For his gold medal in Rio Paralympics, Apinis is eligible for a money prize of up to EUR 142,288. Latvia is represented at Rio Paralympics by athletes Diana Dadzite, Taiga Kantane, Aigars Apinis, Edgars Bergs, Rihards Snikus, Ieva Melle, Gints Jonasts, Eduards Pupelis, Zanna Cveckovska, Janis Plotnieks and Polina Rozkova.