Latvia: housing prices to rise

Predicting changes for housing prices in the next two to three years, 66% of interviewed Latvian residents said prices would likely increase, according to data from DNB Bank’s survey. Every tenth respondent expects housing prices to decline. 18% of respondents are confident that prices will remain the same. The highest proportion of respondents who expect…

Latvia: construction output up in Q1 2017

Compared to the corresponding period of 2016, construction output in Latvia increased by 8.4% in Q1 2017. Construction production output at current prices amounted to 222 million euros. Construction output growth was recorded in all types of construction: 18.9% in construction of residential buildings, 7.2% in construction of non-residential buildings and 4.1% in construction of…

Latvia: grey economy’s proportion up in 2016

Latvia’s grey economy proportion was 20.3% of GDP last year. It is 1% higher in comparison with 2015, according to results of the data from the Grey Economy in Baltic States 2009-2016 study. The most common signs of grey economy in Latvia are undeclared income (42.1%), envelope wages (40.2%) and unregistered employees (17.7%). In Lithuania,…

Latvia: construction of new grain terminal warehouse completed in Ventspils

As part of the terminal’s expansion project, construction of a new warehouse for Ventspils Grain Terminal has been successfully completed. Now it is possible to commence wall construction work, as reported by the company’s chairman Vladislavs Safranskis. The expansion project for the improvement of Ventspils Freeport includes not only increasing storage capacity thanks to the…

Latvia: number of POS terminals up in 2016

According to the data of Association of Latvian Commercial Banks, compared to 2015, the number of POS terminals in Latvia increased 16% in 2016, reaching 41,613 terminals in total. On average, 494 new POS terminals are released in the country. Aside from that, the number of legal persons using POS terminals to process clients’ payments…

Latvia: airBaltic Launches Riga – Kazan flights

Latvia: charter flights to China to commence in 2018

Saeima speaker Inara Murniece hopes charter flights between Latvia and China will commence next year. “It would be a major impulse for economic development and tourism. Latvia and China have established a good political dialogue, and we are prepared for more active cooperation in trade, investments and transport fields,” Murniece said on April 12, during…

Latvia: Transport Ministry invites Kyrgyzstan to use advantages of special economic zones

On April 12, a meeting of the joint Latvian-Kyrgyzstan transport work group was held in Transport Ministry. At the end of the meeting, the two sides signed an agreement for closer cooperation between the two countries in transport, transit, logistics and aviation. During the meeting, the two sides presented development trends, planned projects, and discussed…

Latvia: 120,000 people use payment cards for purchases

For everyday transactions, residents use contactless payment cards. 120,000 people in Latvia use them, Swedbank representatives declared. Swedbank data shows – 80% of all payment cards renewed by clients are contactless cards. In total, there are more than 4,800 trade locations that offer transaction options for owners of contactless payment cards, and their number increases…