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

News 20/9/2017

According to BNN News,


Number of occupied jobs in Latvia up 9.3 thousand

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAt the end of the first half of 2017, in Latvia there were 903.2 thousand occupied posts, and, compared to the end of the first half of 2016, the number has grown by 9.3 thousand or 1.0 %. 

Compared to Q2 2016, the number of occupied posts in private sector rose by 7.1 thousand or 1.2 %, reaching 612.2 thousand in Q2 2017. The number of occupied posts in public sector grew by 2.3 thousand or 0.8 % over the year, accounting for 291.0 thousand, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

At the end of the first half of 2017, there were 17.6 thousand job vacancies in Latvia; compared to the end of the corresponding period a year ago, the number thereof has grown by 2.3 thousand.  At the end of the first half of 2017, the number of job vacancies constituted 6.1 thousand in public sector and 11.4 thousand in private sector.  Out of the total number of jobs in the country, 1.9 % were vacant, 2.1 % of which in public sector and 1.8 % in private sector. The highest job vacancy rate was recorded among craft and related trades workers (2.7 %) and among technicians and associate professionals (2.2 %).

Over the year, the number of occupied posts amongst craft and related trades workers grew by 5.6 %, among plant and machine operators and assemblers by 3.7 %, among elementary occupations by 2.7 %, among technicians and associate professionals by 2.5 %, among managers by 2.1 %, and among professionals by 0.9 %. Reduction, in its turn, was observed in the number of skilled agricultural, forestry and fishery workers (of 19.0 %), service and sales workers (of 4.7 %), as well as clerical support workers (of 1.3 %).

The most notable increase in the number of occupied posts was recorded in information and communication sector (of 6.0 % or 1.8 thousand), construction (5.2 % or 2.9 thousand), public administration and defence (3.1 % or 2.0 thousand), accommodation and food service activities (2.9 % or 1.0 thousand), and electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (1.9 % or 0.2 thousand). The sharpest reduction in the number of occupied posts, in turn, was registered in other service activities (of 3.8 % or 0.6 thousand), wholesale and retail trade (1.1 % or 1.6 thousand), real estate activities (0.9 % or 0.3 thousand), and professional, scientific and technical activities (0.6 % or 0.2 thousand).

At the end of Q2 2017, the highest job vacancy rate was recorded in public administration and defence (4.7 %), transportation and storage (2.3 %), mining and quarrying, construction and human health and social work activities (2.2 % in each of the three sectors).

Among the regions of Latvia, the highest job vacancy rate was observed in Riga (2.4 % or 12.3 thousand of all jobs in the regions), whereas the lowest – in Kurzeme (0.9 % or 0.7 thousand).