You are invited to Participate in a Latvian Emigrant and Diaspora Research Project. Researchers at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute and other researchers at the University of Latvia are implementing a wide ranging survey questionnaire among Latvians and Latvian citizens living abroad. The goal is to obtain multifaceted information, about those who emigrated during the past decades, as well as the wider diaspora Latvian community. The methodology and resulting information will serve to build a baseline for systematic gathering of information about the Latvian diaspora in the future. All Latvians, whether working, studying, or merely residing outside the Republic of Latvia are invited to fill out a survey questionnaire. To access the survey and additional information visit: THE SURVEY WILL BE OPEN ONLY UNTIL OCTOBER 15!

Vēlēšanu iecirknis nr. 1009 Ņujorkā

The Council of American-Latvian Organization of New York expresses its deep appreciation to the personnel of the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the UN in New York, for their work operating Polling Station nr. 1009, which allowed Latvia’s citizens living in the New York area to vote in the 12th Parliamentary elections this October 4th.
In a letter, ambassador Jānis Mažeiks, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the UN:
Reported that – there was greater voter turnout than the 10th Parliamentary election (when 334 ballots were cast) and the 11th Parliamentary elections (when 246 ballots were cast). In the 12th .Parliamentary elections in the polling station in New York 343 voters participated – almost 40% more, than the previous Parliamentary elections! Complete results for the New York polling station may be viewed at:
Read the Latvian Foreign Ministry's October 7 press release "Latvians Abroad actively take part in Voting during Latvia’s Parliamentary Elections" -
More about Latvia’s 12th Parliamentary elections from the “NYLatvian news service”: Voter turnout in New York, with 343 voters, was the highest of any polling station in the USA, and in North America as a whole was exceeded only in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which had 522 ballots cast. Outside of Latvia, the highest voter turnout was in London, England with 1976 voters. Results for all polling stations, within Latvia and abroad, may be found at The results from abroad are listed under the Riga election area.


Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

From Friday Oct. 17 evening till Sunday Oct. 19 - Fall Festival at Rota in the Catskills. Sports, beer tasting, chili, etc. etc. party in the evening in the Zelta Auns bar. Info about the event and Rota available at To reserve rooms at Rota call (518) 589-9878. For more information write Reinis Sipols.
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Tautas deju kopa

Thursday October 16, at 19:00 - Latvian folk dance group "Jumis" Get-Together at the Estonian House. Fall is here and it's time to get together! This is a social gathering for all past, present and hopefully, future members of JUMIS. We will be meeting in the bar area of the Esto House. The kitchen will be open! Good Estonian food and drink (beer!) will be available for purchase. We welcome anyone interested in joining us for a new season! No experience necessary! For inforation write: Vijai Garvey or call tel. (646) 334-8263. Visit the page: and
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Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Oct. 18 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. The collection and donations will be for the benefit of an Education fund for the children of the late Mārcis Braunfelds. A social gathering and lunch will follow the services. For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.


Sunday, Oct. 19, at 10:00 - Church service followed by Autumn festival "Rudenājs" at the Yonkers Church. You will have the opportunity to buy tastefully designed Latvian style handicrafts, jewelry, and paintings (by T. Laiviņa, A. Mangulis, I. Ziemiņa); Latvian style bread, pīrāgi and other delicacies (T. Apsīte). Pork, sausages and beer will be on the menu. For dessert - manna from heaven. Latvian music. All are invited by the New York Latvian congregation Northern region's Ladies Aid committee. For information write: Baibai Klavins, or call tel. (201) 288-4917.

Puccini opera Manon Lescaut

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 13:00 - Film screening of the (London) Royal Opera House production of Giacomo Puccini's opera "Manon Lescaut" with Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais singing the title role, at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990. Symphony Space in partnership with WQXR (105.9 FM is proud to present Royal Opera House Cinema, featuring screenings of repertoire favorites in high definition. This early Puccini masterpiece made a welcome return to Covent Garden last season after an absence of over 20 years, in a new production by Jonathan Kent under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano. The exciting Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais sings the title role. A consummate Puccini soprano, Opolais caused a sensation as Madama Butterfly in 2011, and with Manon Lescaut, the bold but impressionable heroine, we will see a very different side of her character. She is matched in star power by Jonas Kaufmann as her lover, Des Grieux, and Christopher Maltman as her cynical brother Lescaut. This was a much anticipated new production, and Kent’s vision of a young girl who faces temptation in the big city surely resonates with today’s audience. This production was recorded in June of 2014. (Approx. Runtime 3 hours). There will be a live interview with opera expert Fred Plotkin at intermission, moderated by Naomi Lewin. Tickets and information:

St Andrew Lutheran Church, Parsippany NJ

Sunday, Oct. 19, at 13:30 - Church service followed by a hot lunch, at St Andrew Lutheran Church, 335 Reynolds Avenue, Parisippany, NJ 07054. Please make lunch reservations with Gunta Ģiga tel.: (908) 612-4889. For directions visit the St Andrew site:

Inga Slubovska & Agnese Eglina

Thursday Oct. 23 at 19:30 - Concert: Inga Šlubovska - soprano, Latvian National Opera soloist, and Agnese Egliņa - piano, at the Estonian House. Program with songs by Latvian composers and opera arias. "Inga Šlubovska (...) captivates with her shining soprano and the awe-inspiring technique of a true prima donna." - Inese Lūsiņa (Diena, Oct. 3, 2014) Admission $25, children up to 14 years of age admitted free. Organized by the Council of Latvian organizations of New York in cooperation with the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS - and sponsored by the American Latvian Association - For information about this performance write Baiba Pinnis, or call tel. (917) 270-4786.


Flea Market / Utenis

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10:00 to 15:00 - Flea market, at the Yonkers Church. Please donate your used (but usable) items. Come help with the set up and to man the tables. Proceeds will benefit the Bronx Latvian school (which meets in Yonkers) and the Congregation's Northern District. Items to be donated for the flea market may be brought to the church while the Latvian school is in session on Saturdays from 9:30 until 13:30, or at other times by prior arrangement witht e church caretaker Vija Valdmane, e-mail:, tel. (914) 476-4787. Volunteers are needed, contact Laura Zamurs, e-mail:, tel. (516) 628-1465, to help with set up in the days prior, and to man the tables on the day of the flea market.

Rota Lodge in the Catskill Mountains

Saturday, Nov. 1 - “A Slice of Home” – an Old World Style Eastern European Dinner Party, at Rota in the Catskills. Rota is pleased to announce that we’ll be teaming up with our good friends and family Tamas Szabev, Krista Doyle and Ieva Doyle to offer you a wonderful night of Old World style Eastern European food and merriment! Come visit Rota’s rustic mountain house, enjoy the scenic late autumn views and break bread with friends new and old! We plan to offer outdoor activities during the day time hours (weather permitting), and for supper we will serve up a three-course meal paired with imported Eastern European wine. Later on, the bar will be open downstairs with refreshments, music, and games. Stay tuned for the final menu as planned and prepared by Tamas, Krista, and Ieva – coming soon!! Tickets for this event will be limited, so please RSVP in advance. Room reservations and dinner RSVPs can be made online using the Reservation Request via (please note the number of people in attendance and number of rooms needed for your party) – or by calling Andra at (518) 589-9878.
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Beidzās Vasaras laiks

Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 am Sunday Nov. 2
- set your clocks back one hour!

Seafarers and International House

Saturday, Nov. 8 at 14:00 - Church service in Manhattan, at the Seafarers & International House, 123 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003. After the services there will be a social hour at the Shades of Green Pub & Restaurant, 125 East 15th Street (right next to Seafarer's - visit: For directions to the Seafarers & International House visit: All are invited to attend this church service, organized by the Latvian. Ev. Luth. Church of New York - Inner City Region. For information about services and events held by the NY Latvian congregation in Yonkers, Long Island, New Jersey and elsewhere, please visit Any questions? - Write Andrejs Lazda, or call him at tel. (646) 228-1184.

Latvija Rising Sun cockade Daugavas Vanagi Emblēma

Saturday Nov. 8, at 15:00 - Concert in honor of Lāčplēšu day, at the DV House. Program information to follow. After the program food and refreshments will be available in the club room downstairs. All are invited.

Latvija Rising Sun cockade

Tuesday, Nov. 11 - Lāčplēsis Day. Memorial day for soldiers who died in Latvia's war for independence. In 1919 on this date Latvia's army liberated Rīga, the capital city, from forces under the nominal command of Pavel Bermondt, but actually mostly German Freikorps troops commanded by General Rudiger von der Goltz. "Lāčplēsis" is pronounced "LAH-CH-pleh-sis".

Latvia Independence Day celebration

Saturday, Nov. 15, at 14:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at the Yonkers Church.
The Council of Latvian-American organizations of New York and the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the United Nations in New York cordially invite you to Latvia's Independence Day celebration in New York.
Program will feature an address by Anita Bataraga, president of the American Latvian Association (ALA), (in Latvian); Followed by a Concert: Aija Reķe - violin, Svens Skrīveris - violin, Sintija Stūre - piano, with a program of chamber music by Latvian anad other compoers. A reception and social afternoon will follow the program in the church's social hall, downstairs, with hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
ORDER TICKETS: Admission is $30 at the door but until November 10 tickets may be ordered for $25 (or Labvēļu ( benefactor) tickets at $75 - see below). Free admission for children up to 14 years of age and for Latvian school pupils. To order tickets send a self-addressed and stamped envelope, with payment - make checks payable to "Council of American Latvian Orgs. of N.Y., Inc." to
Imants Kalninš
42 Hackensack Street
Wood Ridge, NJ 07075.
Please indicate clearly how many tickets, and of what type (regular or benefactor), you are ordering. For benefactor tickets indicate what name, or names, to print in the program.
We cordially invite you to support Latvian cultural events and educational programs by purchasing Labvēļu (Benefactor) tickets for the Latvian Independence Day celebration in New York!
Your name (or that of your organization or business) printed in the program. More importantly, your donation will allow the Council of American-Latvian Organizations of New York (CALNY) to continue sponsoring Latvian theater performances, concerts and other cultural events for the Greater New York Latvian community. These events benefit not only audiences locally but they provide opportunities for artists from Latvia to perform abroad and broaden their perspectives. Travel expenses, US visas and other costs cannot always be covered from admission fees alone. The CALNY also donates to cultural, educational and youth projects both within the New York area and elsewhere - also in Latvia. Therefore please consider becoming a Benefactor. Your donation to the Latvian Independence Day event will support Latvian culture, education and youth all year!

Priedaine - NJ Latvian Society

Sunday, Nov. 16, at 13:00 - Latvian Independence Day Commemoration, at Priedaine, NJ. Information to follow. For information visit:

Latvia's national flag

Tuesday, November 18 - Latvia's Independence Day (1918).

ALJA Kongress Seattle ALYA logo

IN SEATTLE WA: From Wednesday, Nov. 26 (evening) until Sunday, Nov. 30 - Annual Congress of the American Latvian Youth Association (ALYA) in Seattle, WA. For information visit: and Follow the event "ALJAs Kongress Sietlā"on Facebook: Facebook.


Christmas Market Daugavas Vanagi Emblem

Saturday, Dec. 6, from 12:00 to 17:00 - (Daugavas) Vanadzes Christmas market at the DV House. Get started on your Christmas shopping, enjoy a traditional Latvian lunch over a few drinks in a relaxed & informal atmosphere, and get to know your fellow New York Latvians. This is the place to get your Latvian gifts: jewelry, ceramics, books, cards, calendars, ginger bread cookies, and holiday foods: Christmas sausage, pīrāgi, honey, breads of various kinds. An extensive selection of food products imported from Latvia will be available including Laima chocolates.
The New York DV clubroom awaits you!! Downstairs is a cozy clubroom, with old-style wood paneling, a fireplace - which we will stoke up - a bar and little tables for you to sit and enjoy lunch. The bar will be serving Latvian beer - Aldaris in several varieties. Lunch will be available with many Latvian style goodies on the menu, such as sausages, sauerkraut, blood sausage, cranberry relish and more. All are invited. Stay a while, the bar will stay open for some time after 5PM.
For more information contact the NY Vanadzes chapter president: Marīja Maher.
The DV House has a parking lot and is accessible from Manhattan, Brooklyn and elsewhere by Subway lines 4 Subway 4, and D Subway 4, and via Metro North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal. Details are on the DV House page.
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Latvian flag within barbed wire

Sunday, Dec. 7 -Remembrance Day for Victims of the 1937-1938 Genocide against Latvians living in Russia. In 1998 the Parliament of Latvia designated the first Sunday in December as a day to honor Latvians living in Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) who suffered under Stalin's terror of 1937-1938. These Latvians had settled in Russia in the time of Czarist rule prior to 1914 or during World War I, when the front lines straddled Latvia's territory and many Latvians came to Russia as refugees, but did not return to Latvia after it bacame independent. (See also March 25, June 14 and July 4.)

Christmas market Long Island Christmas market Long Island

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 - Church services followed by the annual Christmas market, at the Long Island Church. There will be a lunch and Latvian food will be offered for sale including: piparkūkas, rudzu maize, dzeltenmaize, pīrādziņi, putraimu desas, pelēkie zirņus, gotiņas, Laima chocolates, Jāņu cheese, and other delicacies. There will also be books and handicrafts for sale. All are invited. For more information write Ilze Beinikis.

More events will be posted very soon!

End of the Latvian & Baltic events calendar

Appeals, notices and news

Latvia's Radio 1 2a gs latvietis

A half-hour long radio program (in Latvian) about Latvians living abroad is broadcast Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time).

Starting Nov. 11, 2012, Sundays at 13:00 (Latvia time) Latvijas Radio 1 broadcasts a half-hour long program "" ("The 21st century Latvian") featuring interviews on various topics with Latvians who, for various reasons choose to live outside their homeland.

For a description (in Latvian) and list of past broadcasts visit:

For all archived programs visit: then choose "Arhīvs", then in the field "Atslēgvārds" (Keyword) type: "21. gadsimta latvietis" and click on "Meklēt" (Search). A list of archived programs giving date of broadcast and topic will be displayed. Click on "Ķlausīties" to listen.
Latvian Passport

As of Oct. 1, 2013, many Latvians abroad are allowed to hold dual citizenship.

Until now, Latvia's laws did not permit Latvian citizens to simultaneously be citizens of another country. In the years following the restoration of Latvia's independence in 1991, an exception was made to allow Latvian citizens in exile, and their descendents, who had acquired the citizenship of their countries of residence, to reclaim their right to Latvian citizenship without renouncing the citizenship of their home countries. But to take advantage of this exception one had to reclaim the right to Latvian citizenship by mid 1995. In the case of minors, their parents had to apply on their behalf. After 1995 this opportunity was no longer available.

On May 9, 2013 the Latvian Saeima (Parliament) adopted changes, effective October 1, 2013, to the laws to allow dual citizenship and most Latvians living in the USA and other countries may be eligible to apply for and receive Latvian citizenship while retaining other citizenship they may hold.

The following information is posted here as a public service and in order to interest those who may be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity, but please note that only information received directly from government sources may be considered authoritative. Please contact the Consular Department of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington DC to get the latest instructions before proceeding with any application. Visit

Information from the EMBASSY OF LATVIA


In order to request Latvian citizenship you first need to select one of the categories which justifies your eligibility for citizenship because different rules apply for each category: 

1. Exiles (those who were forced to leave Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990 due to foreign occupation) and their descendants who were born (and will have been born) by October 1, 2014 Latvia citizenship can be requested by those who were citizens of Latvia on June 17, 1940 and whofled occupation and left Latvia between June 17, 1940 and May 4, 1990, and for this reason did not return to Latvia, as well as their descendants, who will be born by October 1, 2014. Dual citizenship is allowed with any other country! 

2. At the time of your birth at least one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia In this case dual citizenship is allowed for those who are citizens of the member states of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), NATO or if you are a citizen of Australia, Brazil or New Zealand (children are eligible for dual citizenship with any country, but at age 25 will have to make a choice). 

3. You are an ethnic Latvian or Liv In requesting citizenship based on your ethnic origin you will be required to pass a language exam in Latvia. You are allowed to maintain dual citizenship with any other country! 

List of documents which must be submitted: 

1. Application letter with a request to grant you Latvian citizenship (form will be available on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

2. An identifying document (passport or other ID) 

3. Birth certificate (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must be certified with an Apostille authentication from the state in which the document was issued) 

4. Marriage certificate or divorce decree (U.S. issued documents must have an Apostille authentication) 

5. Birth certificates of children (for those born in the U.S. the birth certificate must have an Apostille) 

6. Documents that support your eligibility for citizenship (see below) 

7. Fee for the processing of documents. 

Documents that prove your eligibility for citizenship as an exile or as a descendent of an exile: 

1. The exile’s passport from Latvia’s first period of independence or other document that affirms citizenship of Latvia on June 17, 1940. 

2. A written statement that theperson fled Latvia to escape occupation (information on what this statement will requirewill be on the Embassy of Latvia website) 

3. Descendants of exiles must provide documents confirming their relationship to the exile. 

Documents which prove your eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on the fact that at the time of your birth, one of your parents was a citizen of Latvia: 

1. A document proving that citizenship of the country which does not allow dual citizenship has been renounced (children under the age of 18 do not have to renounce the citizenship of another country) 

2. A document proving that you are not a citizen of another country. This document must be submitted only by those who are requesting citizenship based on being a Latvian citizen on June 17, 1940 or their descendants. 

Documents that confirm the eligibility of acquiring citizenship based on ethnic origin: 

1. Document that confirms your ancestor’s place of residence in Latvia’s territory between 1881 and June 17, 1940. 

2. Documents proving your relationship to this ancestor 

3. Documents confirming your ethnic background (if you cannot prove yours, then documents confirming that of your parents or grandparents, for example, passports, birth/marriage certificates etc.) 

4. Document confirming that you have passed the language examination in Latvia. 

Documents can be submitted in person to the Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C. or can be mailed to the Embassy. Submitted documents must be originals or authenticated copies of documents. Documents issued by the U.S. must have an Apostille authentication. 

The Embassy will make copies of the originals and send the originals back to you. The fee for the return of documents via the U.S. Postal Service registered mail is $10.00; for return by Federal Express: $30.00(money order only, made out to the „Embassy of Latvia.”). If you submit copies of documents, they must first be notarized; second, they must have an Apostille affixed by the Office of the Secretary of State. Documents should be sent to: Embassy of Latvia, 2306 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008. 

Your citizenship application and supporting documents will be forwarded to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs in Latvia, which is the authority responsible for citizenship matters. Your documents will be processed in: one month for children of citizens of Latvia; in 4 months for exiles, in one year for ethnic Latvians and Livs. In case all necessary documents have not been submitted in their entirety, the process of granting citizenship can be extended. 

For additional questions please see the Embassy of Latvia website: Taking into account the large number of inquiries regarding the acquisition of Latvian citizenship, we are advising that responses to questions submitted by e-mail may take longer than usual. 

This information was prepared on September 19, 2013 and may change once regulations issued by the Cabinet of Ministershave been approved!!!


Since our last email update we have received some updated information from the Embassy in Washington D.C. that could be of interest to you.  There have also been some changes to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website links that now include information in English for those who need it. Please read on below this quick update from the Embassy in D.C.

Due to large numbers of inquiries regarding dual citizenship received at the Latvian Embassy, at this time we are sending out only general information regarding who is eligible for the dual citizenship and guidelines for the application process.

More information is available at the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs website:

If you submit documents to the Embassy, you have to include a money order for 60 USD (payable to the Embassy of Latvia) - the fee for document forwarding to the Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs.

Add to your money order 10 USD for mailing back your original documents with USPS certified mail or 30 USD - for Federal Express.





Please note, the Consulate of Latvia in New York cannot process any applications or approve any official documents for citizenship applications. This is all handled by the Embassy in D.C.

Consulate of Latvia in New York
Mr. Daris G. Delins - Honorary Consul
Tel: 1-646-230-0590
Fax: 1-646-230-0591
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