A total of 10,469 newborns were registered in Latvia over the first six months of 2014, which is 460 babies more than in the same period in 2013. In June, there were 1,813 newborns registered in Latvia – 98 more than in June 2013.
On 1 January this year, Latvians switched from lats and santimus, that had been the national currency for the last 20 years, to euro banknotes and cents. DELFI interviewed a couple of traders in a local market at Ventspils and asked how they were getting used to the new currency.
On 1 January 2014, the population of the European Union was estimated to stand at 507.4 million, compared with 505.7 million one year before. The population growth is due to a natural increase of 80,000 and a net migration of 700,000, while the remainder can be explained by statistical adjustments, according to EU statistics office Eurostat.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.