The WHO Country Office Latvia (keywords: PVO Eiropas reģionālais birojs, PVO pārstāvniecība Latvijā, Pasaules Veselības organizācija Latvija, Sabiedrības veselība Latvijā) was established in 1991 in Riga to serve as a direct link between the Government of Latvia and WHO. The Country Office is the focal point for WHO activities in Latvia and the Country team consists of 2 staff members. After independence in 1991, Latvia initially moved to create a social health insurance type system. However, problems with decentralized planning and fragmented and inefficient financing led to this being gradually reversed, and ultimately the establishment in 2011 of a National Health Service type system. The main causes of death in Latvia are diseases of the circulatory system, malignant tumors and external causes.

WHO/Europe offices

WHO Country Office, Latvia
UN House
- Pils street 21
Riga LV-1050
Tel.: +371 6 7503619
Fax: +371 6 7503603

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health
Brīvības street 72
Riga LV-1011
Tel.: +371 6 7876000
Fax: +371 6 7876002

Areas of work

The 2014–2015 priorities for collaboration with Latvia are:
  • control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases
  • control and prevention of communicable diseases
  • promotion of health throughout the life-course
  • health systems strengthening
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Data and statistics


Life expectancy at birth, in years (as of 2010)

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