Latvian Castles

Latvia may never have been a mighty kingdom, but there are plenty of ancient fortresses and stunning palaces to visit, with hundreds of different locations still standing! In each Latvian parish and town there’s at least one beautiful manor house or medieval knight’s castle with its own history, unique architecture and heritage. The first castles… Continue reading

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Music in Latvia

Latvia has a very special relationship with singing and music, and the dainas all reflect Latvian life, with songs dedicated to farming, mythology and the stages of life, such as birth and death.  The country has had a difficult past and was occupied by the Soviet Union and the Germans and the people found that… Continue reading

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August 16: Riga City Day

Though Liden & Denz will open its new language centre in Riga (Latvia) only in January next year, we already want to make you familiar with the city and its beauties. Today (August 16), Riga celebrates its city day with an yearly festival – “Rigas Svetki”. The most important celebrations are traditionally held on the city embankment… Continue reading

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Russians and the Russian language in Latvia

As you may have heard, Liden & Denz is opening a new Russian language centre in Riga, Latvia. In all three Baltic States, Russian is to some extent spoken by people without any ethnic connection with Russia, as a result of the Soviet occupation, during which citizens of these countries were forced to learn Russian.… Continue reading

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