Estonian thieves specialized
“Sometimes you have ten minutes, other times it's two hours, as that is how long the ferry takes,” an Estonian policeman in Helsinki describes his work. He gives an account for the first time on how our criminals behave on the other side of the gulf and how they are caught.
04.01.2017, Oliver KundE24
Olympic ühendas Läti tütarettevõtted
OEG Lätis asuvate tütarettevõtete Olympic Casino Latvia SIA ja SIA Garkalns ühinemine on lõpule viidud, teatas ettevõte börsile.
Estonia leads Baltics in drug use - survey
Use of banned substances is considerably more widespread in Estonia than in Latvia and Lithuania, and above the EU average when it comes to cannabis, amphetamines and ecstasy, it appears from the European Drug Report.
Galerii: vaata haruldasi uunikumbusse
Neljapäevast pühapäevani oodatakse külalisi Noblessneri Valukojas toimuvale haruldaste reisibusside näitusele. Huvilistele tutvustavad ajastutruult taastatud uunikumbusse, millest mitmed on maailmas ainueksemplarid, legendaarsed bussijuhid ja vanatehnika restaureerijad.
03.11.2016, Hendrik AllaPM
Cameras to monitor alcohol tourists
The Tax and Customs Board (MTA) is looking to equip ten border crossing points with cameras capable of detecting license plates and pass an amendment that would allow it to carry out test purchases to uncover illegal resellers of alcohol bought in Latvia.
24.10.2016, Oliver KundPM
Latvian police catch Estonians with EUR 2 mln worth of hashish
Latvian police detained two Estonians on the Latvian-Lithuanian border earlier this month after finding hashish worth more than two million euros hidden in the cars driven by them.
Birthrate down in Estonia, up in Latvia over three years
The Baltic states' health behavior compendium reveals that while birthrate took a nose dive in Estonia in 2010, it started growing in Latvia instead. Demographer Ene-Margit Tiit believes the fall could be the result, among other things, of outdated parental benefits system.
20.10.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Estonia's new president to make first foreign visits to neighboring countries
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid will during October make one-day get-acquainted visits to Finland, Latvia and Lithuania.
Six Estonian people smugglers nabbed in Latvia
Latvian border guards detained 37 illegal immigrants and nine human smugglers, including six Estonian citizens, in the eastern part of the country last weekend.
Joint bank of DNB, Nordea to be headquartered in Estonia
The unit for Baltic banking of DNB and Nordea established as a result of a merger of the Baltic operations of both banks will be headquartered in Estonia and will do business in Latvia and Lithuania via subsidiaries.
Kremlin propaganda portal head Kornilov detained by Estonian police
Aleksandr Kornilov was detained yesterday as suspected in tax offence. In 2014 annual account by security police Mr Kornilov is listed for advancing the Kremlin propaganda.
17.08.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Iggy Pop sent crowd sky high
Back from Latvia in the early hours some morning after, how dirty in body and pure in soul did on feel. All because of Positivus. And all because of Iggy Pop. The latter being the climax, we shall talk about the man.
Three days at seaside in the woods
This year, the accessory-in-chief at biggest & coolest Baltic music festival was... a daisy chain.
18.07.2016, Moona-Liisa MändPM
Alcohol makers deny link to tipple shop in Latvia
Both Liviko and Saku Brewery deny the shop near Ikla border point is fruit from their lobbying, to force government too lower excise. Labour and health minister says he would never support that anyway.
15.07.2016, Gert SinilooPM
Estonians go to Latvia to bring booze for whole tribe
«Here for the first time, out of mere curiosity,» says Maie Krimm, here in Latvia all the way from Pärnu. The shopping cart pushed by joint effort with husband Jaan holds three cases of beer, several bottles of vodka and some other extra such stuff. The lady says that is not for them alone, for tonight. «We ain't no drunkards!» hollers Ms Krimm and tells us that part of the haul is for relatives.
15.07.2016, Gert SinilooPM
USA wants F-35 fighters in Baltics (1)
The United States of America have been discussing sending a unit composed of their most modern and expensive F-35 fighter planes into the Baltic region as these are employed in second half of the year. «We desire that F-35, for instance, do a little Baltic air policing,» (AAC) head General Herbert «Hawk» Carlisle said speaking to US Congress armed forces committee the day before yesterday.
15.07.2016, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: MEPs meet a Hitler in Syria to shake hands
According to former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, shaking hands with the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is like shaking hands with Adolf Hitler.
Planes practised landing on highway
Yesterday withing the international exercises Saber Strike, US attack planes A-10 practiced landing and lifting on an extension of Jägala-Kärevete Highway.
Adviser to Rõivas not backing down on excise rise
Contradicting the everyday experience of Estonians getting cheap alcohol from Valka, Latvia right across the border, adviser to Prime Minister on economy and finances Martin Lindpere cites statistics to prove the price levels of Estonia and Latvia do not differ much. Also, he assures us that Taavi Rõivas has entered no contract in the interests of Alko, the Finnish monopoly, to level vodka prices between the neighbouring nations.
20.06.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Editorial: can we win the war of the can?
To the headache of Estonian packaging system, beer bottles purchased in Latvia and emptied in Estonia can be returned for money that the buyer never paid.
Beer river from Latvia rising to drown Estonia's packaging system
Beer bought in Latvia and guzzled in Estonia may deal death blow to Estonian packaging return system which has worked well for a decade.
10.06.2016, Hanneli RudiPM
Cracked and Rusted Unity getting a new paint job
2016 hasn’t been kind for one of the leading government parties in Latvia - Unity who. is now becoming a metaphor for shooting oneself in the foot. The party in less than one year has lost support, lost one seat in government, lost prime minister chair and the trust of people who voted for Unity in 2014.
08.06.2016, Raivis VilūnsPM
Network operator says Estonia to halve power production
State enterprise Elering chief Taavi Veskimägi says we need to jettison the pillar and stay of our energy security which is excess capacity in case of winter colds.
07.06.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Live broadcast: international cyber conflict conference CyCon 2016
8th International Conference on Cyber Conflict is held on 1-3 June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia.
NATO waving a red rag under nose of Russia
No threat to Russia militarily speaking, the US battalions in Baltics would irritate the Kremlin by their mere presence at Russian border. In response, just to flex muscles, the latter may move over its most modern armaments.
30.05.2016, Jaanus PiirsaluPM
Two refugees brought to Estonia go to court
Of refugees of war brought to Estonia according to European migration plan, two have had recourse to the courts not being satisfied to status awarded. By today, the police have altered the way they operate.
17.05.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonia-Latvia borderlands merger makes Riigikogu splash
At the end of March, Latvia's Valka County duma chairman Vents Krauklis decided to do an experiment in Valga Hospital. Namely, he sent his wife across state border to give birth there.
11.05.2016, Priit PulleritsPM
Nord Stream 2: the multylayered lobby
During the last half year, gas pipe Nord Stream 2 discussions have heated up both in Brussels and in former Eastern bloc. Lobbying by builders is in top gear. The main confrontation is between critical politicians claiming this is security threat to Europe, and the builders who say it is pure business.
09.05.2016, Joosep VärkPM
AirBaltic's controversial foreign investor owns «several offshore companies» (1)
«No blood dripping from my hands. Not eating infants. I'm an absolutely normal person,» says Ralf-Dieter Montag-Girmes, a German who invested €52m in airBaltic in November 2015. Even so, in Latvia the man was regarded controversial enough for Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma to sack transport minister Anrijs Matīss the day after investment decision was announced.
15.04.2016, Marge Tubalkain in BerlinPM
Farming crisis paving way for milk from Poland
Farmers do not think current governmental measures suffice to crawl out of the crisis engulfing milk and pork industry these past few years. Rather, they foresee invasion of imports.
12.04.2016, Siiri LiivaPM
Three banks for sale in Baltics. Maybe more
To the knowledge of Postimees, at least three smaller banks operating on the Baltic market have been for sale for years: Nordea, DNB, and Danske. Trouble is, nobody seems to be too interested.
12.04.2016, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonian minister in Washington, «confirmed» by current news
The meeting is shrouded by the Chatham House rule i.e. we may say what was said but not who said what. Therefore, a tricky task to cover defence minister Hannes Hanso's first ever official as well as unofficial trip to the USA.
01.04.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Estonia's LHV exits Latvian market
Estonian LHV bank is to close its Latvian branch on Thursday evening and exit the Latvian market, and in the future the bank will mainly focus on the Estonian market.
Leaked memo: migrants may move towards borders of Estonia
Closure of the currently popular Balkan migration routes may put pressure on borders of Norway, Finland and the Baltics says a leaked Norwegian foreign ministry memo.
03.03.2016, VG / The Local / PMPM
Driver killed in taxi robbery
Yesterday morning near Pulli Village, Pärnu County taxi driver Lembit (65) was found dead having fallen victim of taxi robbery Sunday night. The suspects, young men aged 18 and 20, were held by police in Lithuania.
02.02.2016, Martin LainePM
EMT and Elion deleted
Though the Swedish TeliaSonera owned telecommunications company Eesti Telekom since early 2010, now every client knows as well. The bells have tolled to the Estonian brands EMT and Elion, and starting today all services are offered by Telia Eesti. Brought in to lead the enterprise from January, Swede Dan Strömberg says this is a new beginning in lots of ways.
20.01.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Incoming helmsman believes Port of Tallinn not steeped in corruption
To boost competitiveness, the port and Estonian Railways will need to operate as a cluster or holding corporation says Valdo Kalm yesterday elected as Port of Tallinn CEO.
15.01.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Court running out of patience regarding Tõnis Haavel
Convicted in aiding investment fraud, Tõnis Haavel failed to show up at Harju County Court for the sixth time yesterday to discuss the list of his assets and liabilities.
14.01.2016, Kadri HansaluPM
Estonian construction businessman Mati Heinsar killed in road accident in Latvia
The Estonian national killed in a road accident on the Liepaja-Riga road shortly after midday on Tuesday was construction businessman Mati Heinsar.
Jihadist's supporters jailed
Yesterday, Harju County Court convicted Tallinners Ramil Khalilov (25) and Roman Manko (30) in support of terrorism and punished them with seven and five years physically behind bars, respectively.
13.01.2016, Helen MihelsonPM
Africa en example for energy independence to Estonia
Thanks to technology revolution, the Estonian eager for innovation will within years break free from energy taxes imposed by the state, and of the major producers pampered with subsidies, predicts World Energy Council's European region head Einari Kisel.
11.01.2016, Andres Reimer, RiiaPM
Swedish defence analysis admits migration is serious threat
Migration – into Nordics and out of Baltics – poses considerable security risk to Baltic Sea Region (BSR) as admitted by freshly released research ordered by Swedish defence ministry.
06.01.2016, Evelyn KaldojaPM
Editorial: Estonians. Pro-Europe, but troubled
Are the people in Estonia pleased with the EU? On the one hand, the satisfaction with belonging is still high and our folks feel Europeans, EU citizens. On the other hand, they are worried about what's happening in Europe, especially with what isn't immediately seen in Estonia (immigration crisis, terrorism, the debt crisis of member states) and those who don't think EU image is positive are far more numerous than in spring.
New car theft now historically easy
Standing in a supermarket line to pay for daily groceries, a guy just might be standing right behind you busy amplifying the signal of your car key so his buddy can drive your wheels off the parking lot and into the wild unknown. This is what the new generation car thieves are about. For them, the business is increasingly a piece of cake.
11.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Ilves trumps Kupce in Latvian fame
Roberts, in his twenties, is standing in central Riga staring at a black-and-white photo featuring President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, straight as a stick, dancing with an adoring lady. After a couple of thoughtful moments, the guy ventures to say the «woman reminds me of a well-known Latvian actress.»
10.12.2015, Priit PulleritsPM
President Ilves gets betrothed
As confirmed by Office of the President, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves was betrothed to Ieva Kupce.
07.12.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Foreign minister says Estonia not intending to claim compensation for damages by occupation
Estonia is not intending to claim compensation from Russia for damages by Soviet occupation, foreign minister Marina Kaljurand told Russian news agency Interfax this Sunday while commenting a memorandum of cooperation signed by justice ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania regarding presenting such claim to Russia as legal successor to Soviet Union.
Valga buys booze from Valka
While Estonia debates toughening up its alcohol policy, Alko1000 - a chain owned by an Estonian - opened doors just across the border in Valka, Latvia. As early, as 8 am, the bottles are available at lot cheaper than in homeland.
30.11.2015, Taavi NiitteePM
Estonia emerges as Baltic laggard
Two summers ago as it was already known that Latvia was joining the euro, consultancy EY Estonia head Ivar Kiigemägi predicted this was Estonia's last year with fastest growth in eurozone. He was right.
23.11.2015, Tõnis OjaPM
Postimees provides exclusive coverage from security conference in Riga, Latvia
In November 6th to 7th the unique security conference tradition continues in Riga, Latvia, sporting the longest tradition of like events in Baltic States.
Baltics team up for Venice Biennale
Yesterday, Estonian Centre of Architecture proclaimed winner of curator call for representing Estonia at 15th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2016: a work named «Balti Atlas».
23.10.2015, Janar AlaPM
Fixed rate electricity tariffs would power monopoly
While supposedly favorable for consumers and network operators, in current situation flat rate electricity tariffs would only boost the monopoly of Elektrilevi on the market.
19.10.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Hopes high to have other allies added to incoming Brits
Unable to specify, I think more good news are in store said defence minister Hannes Hanso commenting on the news released yesterday of UK sending soldiers to support Baltics.
09.10.2015, Evelyn KaldojaPM
USA seeks ways to boost Baltic defence
The swampy Baltic terrain, outdated international agreements, bottlenecks in transit roads and holes in defence capacity make it difficult to move military units here, lists the US defence ministry's journal Stars and Stripes in an article published last Friday, citing reasons for updating the Baltic defence strategy.
08.09.2015, Jürgen TammePM
Hunting adviser: hunt no good to stop spread of fever
Environment ministry hunting adviser Tõnu Traks says it was no way African swine fever could have been slowed down by hunting wild swine once the hazard surfaced. To the contrary: Estonia opted, by banning driven hunt, to keep the beast in place where they were and thus granted farmers time to take needed measures in farms. Now, it is only the diligence of farmers that can keep fever off domestic swine.
27.08.2015, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: remembering the victims of communism and Nazism
While seemingly so during the brighter moments in human history, we are not on a path towards ever increasing civilization, away from atrocities, crimes and trampling on people's rights. Alas, the year at hand is no guarantee of avoiding the ugliness we eagerly label as «not for 21st century» even when happening before our very eyes.
Bumper crop expected
If the weather stays fine, an excellent harvest is in store this year - equaling increased exports.
18.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
«What do you do out of the blue...»
The rapidly spreading swine fever has affected farmers in dire straits. While the state offers support to start anew, many haven't a clue what the new might be.
13.08.2015, Marge TubalkainPM
Bribe possibly passed in Pärnu
To this day, official information is unavailable by Latvia on shared corruption scandal with Estonia. Estonia's law enforcement, having provided legal assistance to Latvian colleagues, is obliged to keep mouth shut.
12.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
Bribe clouds hover over Oleg Ossinovski
Engulfed in Latvian corruption scandal, Estonia's richest entrepreneur in charge of an international railway business Oleg Ossinovski has unavoidably affected the political career of his son and Soc Dems chairman Jevgeni Ossinovski.
11.08.2015, Anneli AmmasPM
40,000 electro fans flood Pärnu
Weekend Festival Baltic got going in Pärnu yesterday - the yearly peak for electronic dance music lovers making its Baltic debut. For the occasion, the global biggies come to town, with 40,000 fans expected to listen on the beach.
07.08.2015, Laura SinimäePM
Minister vows aid to swine farmers damaged by African fever
Rural life minister Urmas Kruuse (Reform) says EU and Estonia will support pig farmers unable to sell pork being part of third restriction area related to African swine fever, but only when price thereof falls by over 30 percent.
24.07.2015, Georgi BeltadzePM
Editorial: just a matter of time
The swine fever surfacing in three Estonian farms spells losses for owners and raises the question of sufficiency of governmental measures.
Similarity stronger than dared to admit
According to fresh TNS Emor study comparing archetypes of Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, the inhabitants of the Baltics think themselves to be more different than we actually are.
25.03.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
NATO Military Committee okays intl staffs in Baltics
NATO's Military Committee on Thursday gave a green light to the establishment of multinational staffs in Lithuania and another five countries in central and eastern Europe and will submit the proposal to defense ministers, Lithuania's chief of defense Maj. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas said.
Lowest inflation in Baltic countries in 2014 recorded in Estonia
According to statistics offices of the three Baltic countries the lowest inflation was recorded in Estonia last year whereas Latvia had the highest inflation.
World Bank forecasting Estonia to have smallest economic growth in Baltic cos in 2015
The World Bank in its fresh Global Economic Prospect which is published twice a year is forecasting Lithuania to have the highest economic growth among Baltic countries this year and Estonia to have the lowest.
Estonia to pull out of Baltic mine countermeasures squadron
The government on Thursday gave the nod to Estonia's withdrawal from the Baltic mine countermeasures unit BALTRON.
Kerry says US to continue increased presence in Baltic states
The United States will continue its increased military presence in the Baltic states in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.
So how much poorer than Finns are we, actually?
While by gross domestic product dwellers of Finland are thrice as rich as us, in purchasing power Estonia is beaten by 1.5 times only.
17.11.2014, Tõnis OjaPM
Estonia must find storage location for 30,000 cubic meters of minimum gas supply
Optimal capacity of the so-called SOS terminal of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is 20,000-30,000 cubic meters and it cannot be ruled out that the gas supply would be stored in Latvia or Lithuania.
Among Baltic states' residents Estonians have the most savings - Swedbank survey
According to a survey of the Institute for Private Finances at Swedbank most Estonians or 83 percent have savings while 66 percent of Lithuanians and 53 percent of Latvians have set money aside.
Estonian president calls Latvian formin 'very brave' for coming out as gay
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics who came out as gay on his Twitter account on Thursday evening «very brave».
Study: Estonians more content with life than Latvians, less than Lithuanians
According to a recent study carried out by insurer Ergo which assessed the contentment of people with life, the average score of Estonians was 6.26 out of the maximum score of 10, while Lithuanians got an average score of 6.74 and Latvians 6.12.
Most wild boars with African swine fever found in Viljandi County
The most wild boars who have died of the African swine fever (ASF) in Estonia have been found in Tarvastu, Viljandi County where the infected wild board have been found in the range of eight kilometers from the place the disease was initially discovered, regional newspaper Sakala reports.
Russian authorities detect illegal transfers of money into Baltic banks
The economic security and anti-corruption department of the Russian Interior Ministry has detected illegal transfers of large amounts of funds from Moscow to non-residents' bank accounts in Estonia and Latvia, the ministry said in a press release.
European Commission recommends Estonia to conclude gas agreement with Lithuania
Given that a new terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Klaipeda, Lithuania will start work at the end of this year, the European Commission advises Estonia to conclude an agreement with Lithuania for the supply of protected customers in Estonia in case of an emergency with gas.
Editorial: when foreign policy turns domestic
Russia’s neighbours are getting the feeling of living at the foot of a volcano. Firstly, one is forced to learn all about volcanoes. Also, preparedness is needed for earthquakes shaking the occasional fence.
Latvian Foreign Ministry Voices Concern over Estonian-Russian Border Incident
The Foreign Ministry of Latvia voices its deep concern over the incident that took place near Estonia-Russia border at the Luhamaa border checkpoint on 5 September, when unknown persons, at gunpoint, abducted an officer of the Estonian Internal Security Service (KAPO).
Visit draws much attention
US President Barack Obama’s Wednesday visit to Tallinn was covered by numerous international printed and online media. Underneath, find a selection of excerpts.
Editorial: Estonia – example of staying free
Defending Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius is just as important as defending Berlin, Paris and London – a highlight from the US President Barack Obama’s speech in Tallinn, yesterday. Naturally, we need this assurance of unshakeable dedication. We need it declared to ourselves, to some lazy-like allies, and most of all to the potential aggressor.
OEG Läti tütarühingud ühinevad
OEG Lätis asuvad tütarettevõtted Olympic Casino Latvia SIA ja 2013 suvel omandatud kasiinooperaator Altea SIA sõlmisid 22.08.2014 ühinemislepingu, teatas kontsern börsile.
Läti konkurentsiamet trahvis Tallinna Kaubamaja ja Kia Auto ASi
Läti konkurentsiamet on teinud otsuse, mille kohaselt KIA Auto AS ja Tallinna Kaubamaja peavad maksma kokku 134 514,43 eurot trahvi selle eest, et KIA Auto AS poolt kehtestatud garantiikord piirab väidetavalt sõiduautode remonti ja mitteoriginaalvaruosade kasutamist.
Estonian minister of agriculture: pig plague is here
After a meeting with hunters and swine farmers yesterday, minister of agriculture Ivari Padar (SDE, soc dems) underlined the high likelihood of the African pig plague virus being already present in Estonia.
06.08.2014, Kadri HansaluPM
Editorial: hogs worth fighting for
Pity the pig farmers: in the heat of the summer, chilly winds are howling from the south. Last week already, a dread epidemic – the African pig plague – had made it to Northern Latvia, nearing Estonian borderline. Alas, despite all measures taken and planned there’s small chance we will escape untouched.
Editorial: banning Kremlin’s lies
Doubtless, experiences of Latvia and Lithuania in combating Kremlin’s propaganda deserve Estonian attention.
African pig killer spreading at 300 km/year
Starting this week, Estonian Food and Veterinary Office is limiting exportation of live pigs from Valga region – the plague is encroaching.
28.07.2014, Nils NiitraE24
McDonalds teenis mullu Eestis 1,4 miljonit eurot kasumit
Mcdonalds kiirtoidurestorane pidav Premier Restaurants Eesti AS möödunud aasta käive kasvas aastaga 9,5 protsenti 17,2 miljoni euroni ja kasum 51,3 protsenti 1,4 miljoni euroni.
Rail Baltic derailed?
Settling fate of Rail Baltic express railway now a matter of weeks.
16.04.2014, Andres EinmannPM
Estonia – the Baltic food price rise engine
Over the past year, cost of an advisable monthly food basket for a four-member family has risen in all Baltic States, shows a Swedbank study. The «leader» was Estonia with 4.3 percent.
BNS goes into Estonian businessman hands
Uudisvoog OÜ, a subsidiary of Koha Capital belonging by entrepreneur Ilmar Kompus (pictured) has purchased BNS Grupp from Alma Media ownership. As agreed by parties, the sales price is not published. As a result of the transaction, Alma Media’s first quarter results increase by €800,000.
Latvian euro switch may make banks balk
At midnight to January 1st Latvia leaps into use of euro, possibly disrupting Swedbank and Nordea Bank internet payments in Estonia. Also, ATMs may not work.
31.12.2013, Mikk SaluPM
Editorial: Welcome, Latvia!
Come New Year, eurozone will have added another member – starting January 1st 2014, Latvia adopts euro, becoming 18th user of the common currency.
State toughens construction supervision in wake of Latvian tragedy
Yesterday, government of Estonia approved Building Act bill prescribing stricter supervision as triggered by the Maxima disaster in Riga, Latvia.
Editorial: human dignity, political responsibility
Over these past weeks, a lot – of necessity – has been spoken and written on resignation, on taking political responsibility. Always, the question will remain – when’s the cause and time right, for that. And: who is responsible, anyway? In some cases, it’s surely unavoidable. Yesterday, Latvian government stepped down due to the collapsed Maxima store in Riga claiming dozens of lives. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis thus accepting his share of the responsibility.
Editorial: beaten by Latvia?
Yep. In 3rd quarter, our economy grew ten times slower
Baltic drug mule problem born in Estonia
According to Inga Springe, author of documentary Drug Mules telling the story of a Baltic drug courier caught abroad, she got the impression while shooting the movie that drug mule problem hit Estonia before reaching Latvia and Lithuania; even so, right now the crisis is equally acute in all three Baltic states.
11.10.2013, Andres EinmannPM
Ministers of five countries sign Rail Baltic joint venture agreement
Transport ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland on Monday signed a declaration on the establishment of a joint venture for the Rail Baltic railway project in Vilnius.
Latvia: Estonian electricity traffic limits would be at variance with EU principles
According to Latvia the accusation of Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Communications Juhan Parts against Latvia and Lithuania concerning price fluctuations is groundless, and the electricity traffic limits on the border between Estonia and Latvia would be at variance with the principles of the European Union.
Estonia and Latvia move up in WEF competitiveness rankings
Estonia and Latvia rose while Lithuania fell in the the latest global competitiveness rankings published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Wednesday.
Latvian, Estonian defmins commemorate pre-WWII Latvian flagship
The defense ministers of Estonia and Latvia on Wednesday commemorated the Latvian Navy's prewar flagship Virsaitis that perished after hitting a mine in the Estonian economic zone in the Gulf of Finland in 1941.
Merko to build manufacturing and logistics center in Latvia for EUR 18 mln
SIA Merks, a company of the listed Estonian AS Merko Ehitus construction group, and the Latvian company SIA Polipaks NT on Wednesday evening signed an agreement for the construction of a manufacturing and logistics center in the Marupe area near Riga.
Estonian finmin: Latvian tax decisions were made not looking very far ahead
According to Estonian Minister of Finance Jurgen Ligi he understands Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, who admitted on Wednesday that the government's previous decision to lower personal income tax by 2 percentage points was a mistake, and believes that the decisions were made taking into consideration only short-term forecasts.
Estonian policemen help keep order at Positivus Festival in Latvia
Policemen of the Estonian West prefecture were in Latvia this weekend to help their Latvian colleagues keep order at the Positivus Festival which is popular also among Estonians.
Paid surgery for insurance money
With cross-border movements of patients spreading to domestic choice flexibility, people can jump treatment queues in both Estonia and Latvia.
22.07.2013, Anneli AmmasPM
Eften buys first property in Riga
Eften Kinnisvarafond (Eften Real Estate Fund) has bought a commercial building in Riga which is its first ever acquisition in the Latvian capital and second in Latvia.
Latvia and Lithuania to blame for extreme electricity price
Counting from start of year, those opting for Exchange Package are still ahead.
26.06.2013, Enn TossoPM
Estonian commuter train operator to sell old trains to Latvian company
The Estonian commuter train operator Elektriraudtee (Electric Railway) and the Latvian company Holdinga Kompanija Felix Ltd have concluded an agreement under which Elektriraudtee will sell the latter all the electric trains it has currently in operation.
Estonia to counsel Latvia on building cell-type prison
Interior security officials from Estonia will counsel Latvia on the construction of a new prison with cell-type housing in that country.
Latvian moms who decide to give birth in Estonia should not be punished - NGO
Latvian mothers who go to Valga, Estonia to give birth in the hospital there should not be punished and the government should educate people instead that childbirth and child care services in Latvia are free of charge, the non-governmental organization of parents Maminu Klubs (Mothers' Club) says.
Russia impacting Baltic domestic policy
According to former Latvian intelligence chief Jānis Kažociņši, Russian compatriots fill the same role today for Russia in the Baltic States as Western European Communist parties did for the Kremlin during the Cold War.
07.06.2013, Argo Ideon, PostimeesPM
Estonian finmin: Latvia's euro move the only right decision for a small country
The Latvian decision to accede to the euro was the only right choice for it as a small country and a very European choice too, Estonian Finance Minister Jürgen Ligi said on Wednesday.
Latvian firefighters help put out blaze in Estonia
Latvian firefighters on Friday gave a helping hand to Estonian colleagues to put out a fire in the southern town of Valga.
Three Latvians injured as bus veers off road in Estonia
Three residents of Latvia were injured as a bus en route from Riga to St. Petersburg, Russia veered off the road in Estonia's Jogeva County in the early hours of Thursday.
Estonian PM congratulates Latvia on forthcoming OECD, eurozone entry
Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip congratulated Latvia on forthcoming accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and euro adoption at an informal meeting on Friday with the head of the Latvian government, Valdis Dombrovskis.
Low market price of electricity due to Latvian hydro energy - analyst
Market prices of electricity in Estonia and Latvia are currently lower than in Finland and the overall price in the Nordic energy exchange system Nord Pool Spot (NPS) because of high hydro energy production in Latvia, an analyst said.
Paet: we support Latvia joining the OECD and euro zone
At his meeting in Tallinn with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia supports Latvia joining the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the euro zone. “We hope that Latvia will soon become a member of the euro zone. We would also like to see Latvia among the OECD member states,” Paet confirmed.
Latvia cbank official: Euro would bring extra investments
Introduction of the euro would automatically improve the sovereign rating of Latvia, put the country in a different light in the eyes of foreign investors and lure additional investments to Latvia, Martins Bitans, deputy director of the Bank of Latvia's monetary policy department, said at a finance conference on Friday.
President Ilves: joining the euro area would be a sign of Latvia's strength and success
Today, at his Ärma farm, the Estonian head of state, Toomas Hendrik Ilves hosted the Latvian president Andris Bērziņš. The unofficial meeting of the two leaders focused on Europe and the euro area.
Kids steal car, chased by police into Latvia
A little more than a week ago, on March 21st, 13 to 16 year old youngsters got together in a Tallinn shopping mall. Halfway into school holidays, with time on their hands. Loosely connected: Facebook friends, in a kind of a chain reaction. The most far-away «hanger-out» being all the way from Jõgeva County. A girl came from Pärnu, the rest were Tallinners.
01.04.2013, Risto BerendsonPM
Number of banks in Latvia, Lithuania will drop upon switch to euro - Estonian banker
After Latvia and Lithuania's transition to the euro the number of commercial banks will probably decline in both countries, CEO of the Estonian unit of Danske Bank Aivar Rehe said in an interview with BNS.
Van Rompuy: We look forward to welcoming Latvia in eurozone
Latvia is welcome in the eurozone, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said in Tallinn on Tuesday.
Hansson: Latvia and its reforms offer a positive example for the countries of the euro area
At a conference in Riga on the adoption of the euro and the preparations for it, Governor of Eesti Pank Ardo Hansson spoke about Estonia's positive experience of changing over to the euro and expressed support for Latvia's euro aspirations, reported Eesti Pank.
Estonia has fewest income tax-related benefits among Baltic states
Estonia has the highest tax-exempt income among the Baltic states but Estonians enjoy fewer tax breaks than Latvians or Lithuanians, it appears from a comparison of the three countries' tax benefits.