Latvia

The WHO Country Office Latvia 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.

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Health needs top priority after Albania’s devastating quake

During the evening of November 25, Piro, a young architect from Tirana, Albania, had just finished setting up the Christmas tree at his home. "I fixed it firmly so it could survive an earthquake," he joked with his fiancée. A few hours later, just before dawn, a massive jolt shook their building. The strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck Western Albania lasted for nearly 30 seconds.

WHO/Europe offices

WHO Country Office, Latvia
Pils iela 21
Riga LV-1050
Tel.: +371 6 7503619, +371 6 5827809

Ministry of health

Ministry of Health
Brīvības street 71
Riga LV-1011
Tel.: +371 6 7876000
Fax: +371 6 7876002
http://www.vm.gov.lv

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


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