Neighbours but Not Relatives: Translating Between Estonian and Latvian

Neighbours but Not Relatives: Translating Between Estonian and Latvian

Despite an almost identical history over the last few hundred years, Estonians and Latvians speak very different languagesContinue Reading →

A Ticket to the Past: Taking the First Train to Jūrmala

A Ticket to the Past: Taking the First Train to Jūrmala

Jūrmala is without any doubt one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latvia, and the top one outside Riga.Continue Reading →

Riga Off The Beaten Track: Ķengarags and Mazjumpravmuiža

Riga Off The Beaten Track: Ķengarags and Mazjumpravmuiža

Very few, if any, visitors to Riga venture out as far as the Ķengarags neighbourhood, one of the city’s southern suburbs.Continue Reading →

How the Baltic States Got Their Shapes

How the Baltic States Got Their Shapes

Deep Baltic looks at how the EU borders of the Baltic states came to be the way they currently are, as well as two borders with other current EU member states…Continue Reading →

Appreciated at Last? Latvia’s Visionary Artist Hardijs Lediņš

Appreciated at Last? Latvia’s Visionary Artist Hardijs Lediņš

Who was Hardijs Lediņš and why was he so important for Latvian art and music?Continue Reading →

Latvia’s Barricades of Freedom – What Do They Mean 25 Years On?

Latvia’s Barricades of Freedom – What Do They Mean 25 Years On?

The barricades were defensive barriers put up as an act of non-violent resistance against troops attempting to reassert Soviet power over the nationContinue Reading →

The Old Prussians: the Lost Relatives of Latvians and Lithuanians

The Old Prussians: the Lost Relatives of Latvians and Lithuanians

The Latvian and Lithuanian people have the Old Prussians to thank more than anyone else for their existence.Continue Reading →

A Ghost Town Deep in the Baltic Forests: Exploring Skrunda-1

A Ghost Town Deep in the Baltic Forests: Exploring Skrunda-1

It was late morning, somewhere on a long straight road in western Latvia, when the satnav finally announced our arrival.Continue Reading →

How a Song About a Coin Made Jöran Steinhauer Latvia’s Favourite German

How a Song About a Coin Made Jöran Steinhauer Latvia’s Favourite German

Musician Jöran Steinhauer's song, "Paldies Latiņam", a paean to Latvia's now-obsolete currency, became an unexpected viral hit.Continue Reading →

“The Capital of Empty Spaces”: Dealing with the Shrinking of the Great Baltic City

“The Capital of Empty Spaces”: Dealing with the Shrinking of the Great Baltic City

Since the restoration of Latvia’s independence in 1991, Riga has shrunk by more than 25%.Continue Reading →