The Baltic States in a Post-NATO Environment: An Interview with Edward Lucas

The Baltic States in a Post-NATO Environment: An Interview with Edward Lucas

"If we can get through the next few years, which are going to be difficult from a geopolitical point of view, I think the Baltic states have a very bright…Continue Reading →

Keeping Alive an Extinct Language: the Finno-Ugric Tongue of Latvia’s Remote Fishing Villages

Keeping Alive an Extinct Language: the Finno-Ugric Tongue of Latvia’s Remote Fishing Villages

The north-west corner of Latvia, the so-called Livonian coast, is the home of a nation struggling to survive.Continue Reading →

Two Years of Tracking Down Imaginary Latvians

Two Years of Tracking Down Imaginary Latvians

"Imaginary Latvians always seem to make “cameo appearances,” popping up when you least expect it."Continue Reading →

Europe’s Dark Side of the Moon – Life in ’80s Riga

Europe’s Dark Side of the Moon – Life in ’80s Riga

"When I was a young woman, I ventured from America to my ancestral homeland, Latvia, hoping to recognize the country my grandparents and the exile Latvian community had described to…Continue Reading →

Didzis Melbiksis: Sticking Up for Refugees in the Baltics

Didzis Melbiksis: Sticking Up for Refugees in the Baltics

Latvian Didzis Melbiksis is the UNHCR Association Communication Officer for Northern Europe, responsible for managing the UN's communication with the media and public in the region.Continue Reading →

“Maq Sinnu Sali”: the South Estonian Dialect Spoken in Deepest Latvia

“Maq Sinnu Sali”: the South Estonian Dialect Spoken in Deepest Latvia

These words, which mean “I love you” were spoken in the Lutsi language by the last person to still have appreciable knowledge of it, Antonīna NikonovaContinue Reading →

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

Britain and the Baltics 1: From Pepys…

"Hee vanquished the armie of the king of Lettowe, with the captiuitie of foure Lithuanian Dukes and the slaughter of three..."Continue Reading →

Meeting the Arabs Making a Life for Themselves in Latvia

Meeting the Arabs Making a Life for Themselves in Latvia

Hesham is one of an estimated 500 Arabs currently living in Latvia.Continue Reading →

Why You Will Almost Definitely Have to Change Your Name When Speaking Latvian

Why You Will Almost Definitely Have to Change Your Name When Speaking Latvian

“If I said Will, it would sound like I had suddenly said something in a foreign language”.Continue Reading →

Āgenskalns – Riga’s Preserved Wooden Heart

Āgenskalns – Riga’s Preserved Wooden Heart

Until the middle of the 19th century, buildings in the districts beyond the walls and bastions of Riga could be built only from wood.Continue Reading →

Nine Months of Deep Baltic, or See You in September

Nine Months of Deep Baltic, or See You in September

Deep Baltic is taking August off while we work on a few big changes to the site, but we hope you’ll be back for more in September. In the meantime, we…Continue Reading →

Crossroads of the Baltics: the Past and Future of Latgale

Crossroads of the Baltics: the Past and Future of Latgale

Distinct from the rest of the country in terms of language, religion and customs, Latgalians nonetheless consider themselves firmly Latvian.Continue Reading →