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Sunday, 26.04.2015, 05:47
In 2014, 3,862 libraries (2,561 of them in educational establishments), 632 culture centres, 104 museums, 39 theatres, 7 state concert organisations, 28 cinemas and film halls operated in Lithuania, reports LETA/ELTA.
The structure of Lithuania's economy has clearly changed in the long run. In the last 20 years, the share of the agriculture sector in Lithuania's GDP fell threefold, from 11-12% in 1995-1996 to 3.4% in 2014. The share of the industrial sector (including extraction and energy industry) in GDP has not decreased and accounted for 23-24%, writes LETA/ELTA.
Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled in New York on Thursday, reports LETA/AFP.
On 23 April 2015, the EU Heads of State and Government met in Brussels at the emergency European Council, where they agreed on joint action to prevent the massive losses of refugees' lives and to provide support to Member States having to cope with the stream of refugees, reported BC press secretary to the Latvian Prime Minister Aiva Rozenberga.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who is currently attending an extraordinary European Council meeting in Brussels, says that all border member-states of the European Union (EU) face illegal immigration problems, reports LETA/ELTA.
Despite the Ukraine conflict, German companies continue to believe in the good prospects of the three Baltic markets. Nine out of ten German investors participating in the recent survey of the AHK Baltic States would re-invest in the region, reports BC Invest Lietuva.
Slightly more than half or 59% of residents of Latvia consider themselves happy, as the public opinion research center SKDS Director Arnis Kaktins informed reporters yesterday, informs LETA.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) compared to February level of producer prices in the Latvian industry in March 2015 dropped by 0.1%. Prices of products sold on the domestic market reduced by 0.8%.
For the third year in a row in 2015, the Aon Hewitt company has carried out its study on benefits and privileges in communication in order to find out what type of information strategies are used by companies in communicating with their employees on the benefits which the company provides and are available to them, and which of the communication instruments are most effective in relation to cost. 1,117 companies from 28 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) participated in the study. Also the first time Latvian companies participated in the study.
From 2000 to 2014, a total of 35 children died of infections in Latvia because they were not vaccinated, according to Dace Gardovska, Director of the Clinic of Children's Diseases at the Children's Clinical University Hospital, cites LETA.
Over the last four years, the number of annually registered marriages has increased from 10.8 thsd in 2011 to 12.5 thsd in 2014. Preliminary demographic indicators for 2014 and first three months of 2015 collected by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that during the first quarter of this year 1 757 marriages have been concluded in Latvia, and it is 307 marriages or 21% more than in first quarter of 2014.
Estonian families spend around 248 million euros a year on culture and sport, Äripäev.ee/LETA cites Statistics Estonia.
Swedish passport is the most powerful in the world, while Latvia is in 29th place, according to a study by the European travel firm GoEuro, reports LETA.
Statistics Lithuania informs that in March 2015 industrial production totalled EUR 1.59 billion at current prices and, compared to February, grew by 4.3% at constant prices, seasonally and working day adjusted – decreased by 3.4%. In March 2015, against March 2014, industrial production increased by 10.5%.
Despite the Ukraine conflict, German companies continue to believe in the good prospects of the three Baltic markets. Nine out of ten German investors participating in the recent survey of the AHK Baltic States would re-invest in the region, reports BC Annika Bostelmann.