The Latvian parliament on May 9, 2013, approved amendments to the Citizenship Law that allow for dual citizenship. From 1991 until July 1995, under so-called transitional rules in the Citizenship Law, it was possible for former World War II exiles and their descendants, as well as for Soviet-era émigrés and deportees, to claim Latvian citizenship without having to give up the citizenship of their host country. In all, 30,793 persons took advantage of the transitional rules and became dual citizens, according to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (Pilsonības un migrācijas lietu pārvalde). However, after that dual citizenship was banned. Over the years, pressure increased on the Saeima to reconsider several aspects of the Citizenship Law and to once again allow dual citizenship, both for those from the exile generations and for various other groups, including recent emigrants to countries such as Ireland and Great Britain. Available on this page are links to articles on the topic of dual citizenship, as well as other resources.
October 21, 2013
On Oct. 1, the recently adopted law on dual citizenship came into effect in Latvia.This law has the potential to affect thousands of people, including many readers of Latvians Online.
Practically, the law affects two categories of people:
Part of the Ministry of the Interior, the PMLP oversees citizenship and migration affairs, including issuing passports and processing repatriation requests. EN LV RU
Latvia's Citizenship Law, available from the law database provided by the official government newspaper, Latvijas Vēstnesis. LV
Nacionālās apvienības "Visu Latvijai!" - "Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK" likumprojekts grozījumiem Pilsonības likumā, Saeimā iesniegts 2011. gada 20. janvārī. Juridiskā komisija 23. martā nolēma likumprojektu neatbalstīt. (PDF, 130 K)
Valsts prezidenta Valda Zatlera 2011. gada 1. februāra vēstule Saeimas priekšsēdētājai Solvitai Āboltiņai par ieteiktiem grozījumiem Pilsonības likumā. (PDF, 372 K)
Vienotības likumprojekts grozijumiem Pilsonības likumā, Saeimā iesniegts 2011. gada 17. februārī. Saeima 31. martā nolēma likumprojektu atbalstīt 1. lasījumā un to virzīt tālāk uz 2. lasījumu. (PDF, 98 K)
10 Dec 2013
One of the CD releases that many Latvian folklore fans most look forward to is the bi-yearly Latvian folk music collection Sviests. Full of new recordings of songs that are, in both direct and indirect ways, inspired by Latvian folk music and folklore, the series is one of the most eclectic collections of Latvian folk music available.
09 Dec 2013
The accordion is, without a doubt, a very popular instrument in Latvia. An essential aspect of most every countryside šlāger ensemble, the quaint sound made by air pushed through the instrument brings forth thoughts of evenings in French cafes or German beer gardens. Unfortunately, some might not consider the ‘accordion’ a serious instrument – relegated to being played by buskers on street corners.
04 Dec 2013
3. decembrī, Mineapolē (ASV) 88 gadu vecumā savās mājās mūžībā aizgājusi mecenāte, Triju Zvaigžņu ordeņa kavaliere, ilggadēja Latvijas jaunatnes izglītības veicinātāja un akcijas „Latvijas Lepnums“ 2009. gada laureāte Dr. Aina Galēja - Dravniece.
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