Lets Talk To Some Latvians


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A look at life in Latvia through the eyes of Latvians. 'Eastlink' visits Riga, the capital of Latvia, and examines the diversity of nationalities and degrees of social and cultural integration.

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    Donal O'Herlihy (Presenter/Producer)
    Katriona McFadden (Presenter)
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    Lets Talk To Some Latvians
  • Extended description

    Upon arriving in Riga, presenters Donal O'Herlihy and Katriona McFadden chat about what they know about Latvia in terms of history, geography, and politics. They also meet some locals who discuss their diverse backgrounds, the Russian population living in Latvia, and European integration.

    Latvia has the first woman President of any former Soviet State country, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, who Katriona refers to as 'The Mary Robinson of Latvia'.

    Latvia joined the European Union in 2004.

    The 2004 enlargement of the European Union was the largest single expansion of the European Union. The simultaneous accessions concerned the following countries: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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    This episode of 'Eastlink' was broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday 6 March at 11.30am.

    'Eastlink' is a programme that looks at the ten new European Union accession states through the eyes of the people in those countries. The programme is co-presented by Donal O'Herlihy and Katriona McFadden who take a casual look at both the lighter and the darker side of living in Eastern Europe in 2004. For example, what do young Eastern Europeans do for fun and why does Lithuania have a suicide rate four times the UK and US average?

    Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta and Cyprus are the countries talked about and visited throughout this new series. The programme is presented by Donal O'Herlihy and Katriona McFadden.

    The accompanying image shows Bertie Ahern with Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga at Farmleigh House, Dublin on 1 May, 2004.


  • Local keywords
    Latvia, Riga, Donah O'Herlihy, Katriona McFadden, Russia, Being European, Integration
  • Geographical coverage
    Latvia, Riga
  • Topic
    Society and Social Issues
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    RTÉ Radio One
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    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)