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In 2016, every fifth Estonian lived in relative poverty

According to Statistics Estonia, 21.1% of the Estonian population, i.e. nearly 276,000 persons lived in relative poverty in 2016. The percentage of people living in relative poverty decreased 0.6 percentage points compared to the previous year.

EUR 113 mln earmarked for health care reforms in Latvia in 2018

Additional financing in the amount of EUR 113.4 million has been earmarked for further health care reforms in Latvia next year from the budget deficit increase approved by the European Commission, according to the Latvian Health Ministry report on the health care reforms planned in 2018, cites LETA.

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai posts EUR 12 mln in profit in 2017

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) posted 12 million euros in profit this year, while the state-run company's revenue grew by a tenth to 403 million euros, CEO Mantas Bartuska said, cites LETA/BNS.

Elme Messer Gaas launches Riga filling station

AS Elme Messer Gaas, joint venture of Germany's Messer Group and BLRT Grupp of Estonia, opened a liquid gas filling station in Riga and the total volume of investments was 6 million euros, of which 1.3 million euros came from the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA), reports LETA.

Karavela permitted to resume exports to Russia

The Russian food safety authority, Rosselkhoznadzor, has lifted the restrictions earlier imposed on imports of products by the Latvian fish cannery Karavela, Rosselkhoznadzor said in a statement published on December 18th, cites LETA.

17% shortage police officers in Riga

The Latvian State Police is short of policemen, and the police precincts in Riga lack nearly one-fifth of employees, De Facto analytical news program of the public Latvian Television reported on Sunday evening, cites LETA.