Web site explores Roma community

A new Web site examining the Roma community in Latvia has been unveiled by the Roma Culture Development Centre. Roma also are known as the Gypsy people or, in Latvian, čigāni.

The site, Romi.lv, claims to be the first such medium in the Baltic states. It was unveiled March 21.

Romi.lv reports news and covers issues about the Roma community, and also provides background on the history, traditions and role of Roma in Latvia. Among well-known Roma in Latvia, the site notes, is young singer Dzintars Čīča.

A total of 8,512 Roma lived in Latvia at the beginning of 2006, according to the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Information on the site is presented in Latvian, English and Russian.

The site is supported by the British Embassy in Latvia and the Secretariat of the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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