I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in The Hague!
Through this website we would like to guide you closer towards discovering Latvia. We hope this site will assist your communication with Latvia through unfolding many opportunities that the country has to offer.
Located in the North of Europe on the cost of the Baltic Sea, Latvia is at a crossroad of historic influences. You can sense it when visiting Riga – a city of more than 800 years’ testimonies of culture and architecture. In 2018, Latvia will mark its 100 year anniversary of its statehood. Dark sides of Latvian history include the occupation of Latvian and its incorporation into the Soviet Union in 1940, followed by deportation of thousands of people. Paying tribute to their complex history, the Latvian people are forward-looking when it comes to the integration of their multicultural society, economic solutions, innovative technologies, design or healthy lifestyles. Latvia is one of the greenest and ecologically purest countries in the world, which makes it an attractive tourism destination. Latvia is nominated as the European Region of Gastronomy in 2017 and invites for a ‘gourmet experience’.
With its two million inhabitants, Latvia has a remarkably dynamic and open economy. It offers a wide variety of competitive advantages for investors, which make Latvia a perfect place for doing business and launching a start-up. The Benelux countries are important partners for our economic cooperation.
In 2004, Latvia joined the NATO and the EU. Since 2014, Latvia is the Eurozone member, and in the first half of 2015 Latvia chaired the Presidency of the EU Council. In July 2016 Latvia joined the OECD. Active participation in international organizations, including those located in The Hague, is crucial in shaping the foreign policy of our country in the global and regional context.
You are welcome to learn more about Latvia at our website. Ask our embassy staff and diplomats for further guidance to answer your questions!
And most importantly – come to Latvia! Return to Latvia! Enjoy Latvia!
Ilze Rūse The Ambassador of Latvia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, to the Kingdom of Belgium and to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg