Is Biotechonomy Development Attractive for Nordic Countries and Baltic countries?

On April 26th 2016 the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia in cooperation with Riga Technical University organised an International conference regarding recent developments of bioeconomy and biotechonomy in the Nordic and Baltic states. Jukka Teräs, Senior Research Fellow from Nordregio talked about Bioeconomy in the Nordic countries – overview, regional insights and national policies.


Baltic Fashion & Textile Riga 2016

“Baltic Fashion & Textile Riga 2016” offered an international seminar "Fashion and Design" to get acquainted with the current industry news and trends. The panel discussion on the key success factors driving the European fashion industry brought together notable speakers. One of them - Margareta van den Bosch - supported by Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia. She is a creative consultant and a long-term chief designer at H&M. Currently Margareta van den Bosch is in charge of all H&M collaboration collections with the biggest fashion houses. She has worked together with Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Alexander Wang and fashion houses like Lanvin, Versace, Comme des Garcon, Marni. Margareta gets her inspiration at London’s flea markets and textile fairs in Paris. In her opinion the hardest task is to create ready-to-wear pieces, yet surprise consumers with something new every time.


Nordic Day discussion

On the eve of the Nordic Day, 22 March, a panel discussion was organised in Riga upon the initiative of Jan Widberg, Head of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia. The panel consisted of all the Nordic ambassadors residing in Latvia: H.E. Hans Brask from the Royal Danish Embassy; H.E. Olli Kantanen from the Embassy of Finland,; H.E. Steinar Egil Hagen from the Royal Norwegian Embassy; H.E. Henrik Landerholm from the Embassy of Sweden. The discussion was moderated by Rita Ruduša, executive director of the Baltic Centre for Media Excellence, and touched upon the themes of Nordic-Baltic cooperation, today’s challenges and possible future developments.


Artist Talk: Mikkel Sommer

A Danish comic book artist and illustrator Mikkel Sommer talks about drawing and life and asks questions in Riga on February15, 2016.


Together we are stronger

25 years ago, in the wake of the restoration of independence of the Baltic States, the Nordic governments decided to open offices of the Nordic Council of Ministers in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Ever since then, the offices have built a strong bridge of values and networks between the Nordics and Baltics. The joint calendar of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in the Baltic States for 2016 highlights some of the outstanding projects of the past 25 years. But that’s not all – we might surprise you with some unknown facts and take a glimpse into things we can achieve together in the future.


A show of Northern lights

In the run-up to its 25 years’ anniversary next year, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia invites to a show of Northern lights, organised as part of the light festival “Staro Rīga 2015”. Light object/video installation “Northern Lights” is the result of cooperation between the Norwegian photographer Kjetil Skogli and Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds.


The Finnish contemporary glass exhibition Finnish Glass Art

How does Finnish glass art look today? How does it evolve already in the 21st century? Answers to these questions can be found by viewing the present travelling retrospective exhibition organized by the Finnish Glass Museum.


An exhibition of Contemporary Nordic Architecture NORDIC ID

Nordic architecture is known for its attention to the beauty of landscapes and the respect for nature. "Nordic ID" asks what is today's Nordic identity and how it is reflected in architecture. The project is a collaboration with curators from Denmark, Norway, Finland and Estonia who were asked to offer their own versions of the Nordic identity. Every curator chose five architecture projects that would express the answer.