Latvia introduces the Euro from January 1, 2014
From January 1, 2014, Latvia will become the 18th member of the eurozone. The introduction of the European single currency is expected to make the business environment in Latvia easier, and will also be more convenient for persons travelling to other eurozone countries, as people will not have to deal with the hassle of exchanging currencies.
The changeover to the euro will be based on the current exchange rate of the lats to the euro set by the Bank of Latvia, i.e. 1 EUR = 0.702804 LVL. One lat is 1.42 euro.
Riga— the European Capital of Culture in 2014
Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is beautiful, rich, exciting and diverse. In 2014, Riga will become the European Capital of Culture and the city is getting ready to make this a great series of events. Riga, capital city of Latvia, is set to unveil its yearlong European Capital of Culture programme – Force Majeure – on January 17, 2014. There will be almost 200 events for Rigans and city guests to enjoy during 2014. More information: www.riga2014.org
Sigulda to kick off 2014 with environmental art festival
As Riga’s official partner during the European Capital of Culture year ("Riga 2014"), the Latvian town of Sigulda will see-off 2013 and kick-off the New Year with an environmental art festival called "Nature. Urban. Future", which will take place in December and January.
The British newspaper ''The Guardian" lists the Latvian town of Sigulda and its Turaida Castle as this week's best autumn destinations.
2014 kick off with the opening of the new Latvian National Library
Riga a the 2014 European Capital of Culture will be unveiled on January 17 to 19, 2014, with one of the main events being a human chain transferring books from hand to hand, from the old National Library of Latvia Building to the new "Gaismas Pils" (Palace of Light) National Library Building on January 18.
The National Library of Latvia building is scheduled to host many important cultural events during the European Capital of Culture year. The National Library of Latvia, together with "Riga 2014", is preparing a major exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the printed book. Furthermore, the new building will become a year-round location for showing contemporary art exhibitions, concerts and films.
The Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre
Daugavpils is the second largest city of Latvia and the birthplace of Mark Rothko (city of Dvinsk, at that time) —a great artist of the XX century, a founder of the abstract expressionism movement, best known for his enigmatic colour field paintings.
The Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre is a unique place in the Eastern Europe, where the original paintings of Mark Rothko are located. The Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre is a multi-functional institution of culture, arts and education, located inside of the fortress' Arsenal building.
In 2014 it will serve as one of the most interesting regional venues during the European Capital of Culture year.
MICE in Latvia - more than business
As an easily accessible meeting point between eastern and western Europe, Latvia offers a full range of conference facilities, high quality hotels and venues for special theme events in the capital city of Riga.
In addition to seminars, business people can experience more of Latvia without much hurry. Just in a half an hour you can get to possibly the best white, sandy beaches in Europe, several golf courses and activities from vertical wind tunnel to bobsleigh fun run.
How to get to Latvia?
Latvia is located on the Baltic coast. Riga can be quickly reached from major European cities by coach, by rail and by air.
The Riga International Airport provides direct flights from more than 70+ destinations. The Sea port provides ferry traffic from Scandinavia and Germany. There are convenient train and bus connections from Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.