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 7-3-2017

  • Court declares Jura?s dismissal from KNAB as unjustified Administrative District Court has satisfied ex-KNAB official Juris Jura?s? request to recognize the order to dismiss him from his post in the Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau as void. As reported by the court, in the eyes of the law the bureau had terminated the plaintiff?s post and had performed only a formal assessment of the plaintiff?s compliance with the new post. What this means is that the requirements of the new post and the plaintiff?s assessment had been done with a specific goal to dismiss the plaintiff. In the appealed order, KNAB references a number of reasons, ultimately failing to identify the main reason as to why the plaintiff was found unfit for the new post. Having reviewed each reason mentioned by KNAB, the court could not find a single objective reason for the plaintiff?s dismissal. In fact, the court concluded that the bureau had performed a one-sided and biased assessment. The court declared the decision to dismiss the plaintiff as void because the decision was announced to the plaintiff after he and the bureau no longer shared any legal relations. With that, the decision could not be executed. BNN has learned that KNAB intends to appeal the ruling. The bureau believes the court had exceeded its authority by reviewing this case and had intervened in the activities of executive power, breaching the principle of power sharing, as reported by KNAB Secretariat manager Māra Priedīte. Jura?s had recently joined the New Conservative Party. He also intends to participate in the upcoming Riga City Council elections. He says he does not intend to continue his fight in the Administrative Court to return to work in KNAB. He believes returning to this institution would not mean a return to actual work, but rather a fight for survival. Jura?s is not the only ex-KNAB official to turn to court over the institution?s decisions. The same has been done by Juta Strīķe and Lienīte ?ikore.
  • Ministry: EU has to develop actual defensive capabilities without copying NATO The European Union has to develop actual defensive capabilities without copying NATO, says Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels. Representing Latvia at the Foreign and Defence Ministers session, Rinkevics emphasized that the EU has to develop and strengthen its security and defensive capabilities, as reported by Foreign Affairs Ministry?s press-centre. «All proposals developed for the defence and security field should be based on voluntary principle and be all-inclusive for EU member states. We have to make sure the EU effectively uses its available resources and compliments NATO, not copies it,» said Latvia?s Foreign Affairs Minister. At the same time, Rinkevics also mentions Trans-Atlantic ties and the importance of NATO for Europe?s security. He also emphasized the necessity to focus on strengthening resilience against hybrid threats. During the discussion about Western Balkans, Rinkevics noted that the EU has to remain actively involved in Western Balkans, continue cooperation with countries of this region and encourage them to continue reforms.