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  • Vilnius Names Plaza Opposite Russian Embassy After Slain Opposition Leader Nemtsov
    The Lithuanian capital's city council has voted to name a square outside the Russian Embassy after slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, calling him a "symbol of the struggle for democracy" in his country.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 23 May 2018 16:12:16 +0000.
  • Don't eat Baltic cod, WWF warns
    Ten species of fish native to the Baltic Sea are in a critical situation, with cod in particular worsening, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
    The Local.  Wed, 23 May 2018 16:07:10 +0200.
  • Russia: Estonia border treaty only if Tallinn changes tone
    Russia says it won't ratify a long-overdue border treaty with Estonia unless the small Baltic country stops its anti-Russian rhetoric.
    Fox News.  Wed, 23 May 2018 13:40:00 GMT.
  • Producer price level in industry grew 0.6% in Latvia in April
    Compared to March, level of producer prices in the Latvian industry rose by 0.6 % in April 2018. Prices of products sold on the domestic market went up by 1.0 % and prices of exported products by 0.3 %.
    Bnn.  Baltic News Network.  Wed, 23 May 2018 12:20:02 +0000.
  • Groysman, Kaljulaid discuss ways to counteract Nord Stream 2 construction
    Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid have met in Kyiv to discuss a wide range of geopolitical and economic issues. ...
    Natalia Kucheriava.  Kyiv Post.  Tue, 22 May 2018 18:49:15 +0000.
  • Sweden distributes 'be prepared for war' leaflet to all 4.8m homes
    SWEDEN HAS started to sent out instructions to its citizens on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea.
    Irish Independent.  Tue, 22 May 2018 07:37:44 +0100.
  • Estonia to map DNA of over 10% of population
    A trail-blazer in internet technology, cyber-savvy Estonia is rolling out a high-tech DNA database holding the genetic details of over 150,000 residents to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic disease. ...
    Yahoo.  Mon, 21 May 2018 12:42:07 -0400.
  • Dutch 81 mm mortars fire again
    The German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence multinational battalion’s Dutch mortar group in Lithuania resumed live firing of 81 mm mortars on 16 May after a 10-month hiatus, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. ...
    Nicholas Fiorenza, London.  Janes 360.  Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT.
  • Russia poses no threat to Baltic republics - Czech officials
    Jan Kavan said the deployment of NATO battalions was a senseless step from the military point of view as it may only worsen relations with Russia
    Tass.  Sun, 20 May 2018 22:01:42 +0300.
  • Prosecutors in Poland probe sewage dump into Baltic bay
    Prosecutors on Poland's Baltic coast have opened a probe into potential damage to the environment of the Bay of Gdansk after the sewage system in this coast city malfunctioned and the refuse was dumped into the bay
    ABC News.  Fri, 18 May 2018 14:21:51 -0400.
  • Estonia's Kanepi town adopts cannabis leaf flag after online poll
    Kanepi, whose name derives from the Estonian word for marijuana, took the step after an online poll.
    BBC News.  Fri, 18 May 2018 09:28:56 GMT.
  • Thanks, Internet: Estonian Town Gets Cannabis Leaf as Its Emblem
    Online voters overwhelmingly favored putting the marijuana plant on the flag of Kanepi, a municipality that has a tradition of growing hemp.
    Kimiko De Freytas-tamura.  New York Times.  Thu, 17 May 2018 14:01:44 GMT.
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Facts About the Baltic States

The Baltic States consist of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, and are located along the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea.  Visit the government websites listed below for official news and information about these Baltic nations.

The Republic of Estonia is governed by an elected unicameral Parliament, which elects a President.  Estonia's capital city is Talinn, and its national currency is the Kroon.  The primary language used by Estonians is Estonian and in 2007, the estimated population of Estonia was 1,316,000.

The Republic of Latvia is governed by an elected Parliament, which elects a President who, in turn, appoints a Prime Minister.  Latvia's capital city is Riga, and its national currency is the Lat.  The country's national language is Latvian and in 2007, the Latvia's population was estimated at 2,260,000.

The Republic of Lithuania is governed by a unicameral Parliament and an elected President who appoints a Prime Minister.  Lithuania's capital city is Vilnius, and its national currency is the Litas.  The national language of Lithuania is Lithuanian, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 3,575,000.

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