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 Liepâja 83,884
4 Jelgava 64,748
5 Jûrmala 56,147


6 Ventspils 42,657


7 Rçzekne 34,912
8 Valmiera 27,217
9 Jçkabpils 26,378
10 Ogre 26,167


News of 21/03/2018

According to Baltic News Network,


Profits of Latvian State Roads increased by 8.6% last year


Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU


Turnover of Latvian State Roads reached EUR 14.529 million last year, which is 10.3% more when compared to 2016. The company’s profits increased by 8.6% – to EUR 59,485, according to the published interim financial report.

It is mentioned in the report that LSR had performed maintenance of 20,081 km of roads, administration of state road network funding, organization of procurements for state needs, management of state road construction programmes and European Union Cohesion and Regional Development funds’ projects, monitoring of road traffic and maintenance of municipal roads.

The number of roads under Latvian State Roads’ management had declined last year because maintenance of some of the roads was handed over to municipalities. Focus is put on planning of road procurements, timely announcement of procurements, as well as provision of trustworthy information about planned orders to allow contenders to plan out resources and ensure completion of orders.

96.1% of planned construction procurements were realized in 2017. Construction work was intended to restore the surface of 475 km of state roads. In the end, surface was restored for 492 km of roads.

Latvian State Roads plans to continue road maintenance programmes for 2014-2023, as well as realization of projects co-financed by the European Union, and commence the realization of Kekava bypass.

Company’s turnover was EUR 13.176 million and profits were EUR 54,768 in 2016.




























































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































The current head of Latvia’s Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity has decided to participate in the open selection process to stay in his post for a repeated term.

The 61-year-old Burkâns has confirmed that he would like to stay for another four-year term. He will likely submit his application next week.

«I have invested all of my effort in the service. I have not looked at other job opportunities. I needed time to assess the situation surrounding the service,» said Burkâns.

The chief of the service mentioned that the fight against crime will never be over. Still, he wants to keep working in the service to make sure the next officers would receive cases in the best possible condition. «I’m not saying cases do not fit international requirements. It is worth mentioning that requirements change all the time,» said Burkâns.

He mentioned that his service works in a very narrow range, which requires deep knowledge in law, financial affairs and money laundering prevention measures. «There is no institution in Latvia that trains officers in money laundering prevention – this is something we have to learn in time,» adds Burkâns.

«Based on what I’ve heard from colleagues, they want me to stay, because it would be hard for them to work with someone else. Officers have an appropriate knowledge level – any newcomer would automatically be below their level. Decisions in regards to freezing money should be made within a day or even half an hour. Such decisions have to be made quickly and efficiently,» said Burkâns.

The State Chancellery has announced an open contest for the post of the head of the Office for Prevention of Laundering of Proceeds Derived from Criminal Activity.

Candidates have to submit documents to the State Chancellery before 20 March. Candidates will be assessed by a special committee and picked by the prosecutor general.

Burkâns has remained in his post since 1998. His current term ends 31 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On Monday, 12 February, political party Unity asked parties of the coalition to conceptually support the initiative to pay politically repressed individuals benefits worth EUR 100 during Latvia’s centenary, as confirmed by Unity’s Saeima faction.

«Politically repressed individuals have suffered from criminal regimes that had ruled Latvia in the past. But they have never lost faith in a free and independent Latvia. The invitation for the government to decide on symbolic support for the annual congress of Latvian politically repressed. Unity believes the Cabinet of Ministers should make a relevant decision in the nearest future,» comments Unity’s Saeima faction leader Abu Meri.

The party notes that estimates show that a single-time benefit would cost the state budget EUR 1.2 million. The party invites Finance Ministry to come up with proposals for the best sources of funding.