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 21-4-2017

  • Murniece: we will never recognize the unlawful annexation of Crimea Latvia strictly stands in favour of Ukraine?s territorial integrity and will continue providing practical support to the Ukrainian people, said Saeima speaker Inara Murniece and members of the parliament?s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday, 19 April. During a meeting with a member of the Ukrainian parliament and president of World Congress of Crimean Tatars Refat Chubarov, Latvian parliamentarians expressed clear concern over the human rights situation in Russia?s unlawfully annexed Crimea. Murniece emphasized several important support projects, including the plan to assist with rehabilitation of children who suffered traumas in the armed conflict and Ukrainian soldiers. She also expressed support to Ukraine on behalf of Latvia?s parliament. She also mentioned the visit of heads of parliaments of Baltic and Nordic countries to Kyiv in February 2016, which was organized after Latvia?s initiative to demonstrate the region?s solidarity towards Ukraine. Chubarov thanked Latvia and its politicians for their support. He also said that Latvia provides immense support by bringing up this matter in all of Europe. According to Chubarov, the human rights situation in Crimea is terrifying. A hybrid war is performed there, and Russia actively persecutes Crimean Tatars. Many who oppose Russia?s policy have been arrested. Chubarov said Russia persecutes, Crimean Tatars, Ukrainians and others who are not loyal to Russia. Repressions are performed actively and international observers are not allowed to enter Crimea. Inese Laizane, chairperson of Saeima?s Human Rights and Public Affairs Committee, said the conflict in Ukraine must not vanish from the sight of the international community. The fight for a country?s independence tends to be long, which is proven by Latvia?s and other countries? experience, Laizane said, adding that it is especially important to promote the idea of support for Crimean Tatars and Ukraine among youngsters.
  • 20 asylum seekers resettled from Greece to Latvia As part of the European Union?s resettlement programme, twenty people were relocated from Greece to Latvia on Wednesday, 19 April. Ten of those people are children, as reported by Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs. Five families from Syria have been relocated to Latvia. They currently reside at Mucenieki Centre for Asylum Seekers. Among the resettled people are representatives of professions like pharmacist, nurse, chef, shipping and trade industry representatives. Persons stated knowledge of Arab, English and Kurmanji language. In accordance with internationally established procedures and requirements of the Asylum Law, shortly after their arrival in the country, officials of the State Border Guard accept applications from asylum seekers and inform them about their rights and duties. In the days that follow resettlement of asylum seekers, Latvian State Border Guard continues working with them and preparing the necessary documents for the provision of asylum seeker or alternative status. As part of the European resettlement programme, Latvia has resettled a total of 300 people, as reported by OCMA.
  • Latvia?s financed loan volume increased by 72 million euros in Q1 In Q1 2017, loans worth more than EUR 94 million were issued through Latvian loan platforms, according to data compiled by Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services. Compared with Q1 2016, when the volume of financed loans was EUR 22 million, the volume of loans that went through platform in the same period of 2017 had increased by EUR 72 million. Compared with Q4 2016, the volume of loans financed through platforms has increased 11.5%. «Over the course of two years, mutual loan platforms from Latvia have become important financial technology companies that successfully compete with companies in Europe. Indicative data shows that Latvia has become a leader in continental Europe when it comes to financed loan volumes in Q1. This is why it is important that regulations currently being worked on by Finance Ministry allow companies to continue developing successfully, and, at the same time, help balance protection of investors,» says the head of Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services Gints Aboltins. All kinds of loans are financed through Latvian platforms ? for small and medium-sized companies and for private persons. Latvian Association of Alternative Financial Services unites companies outside the banking sector that offer financial services to residents in Latvia. Among members of the association include: Mintos, TWINO, Viventor and Bulkestate.