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The daily newspaper Diena is Latvia's third most popular newspaper. It was founded at the end of the Soviet era in 1990 and published in both Russian and Latvian until 1999, after which the Russian version was discontinued. In 2008 it was sold to an investor group owned by the Rowland family from Britain. Many journalists who worked for the paper left in protest at the takeover, criticising a lack of transparency. Diena now belongs to the commercial port of Riga and is struggling with declining sales. It subscriptions dropped by 70 percent in 2013.

Medium: daily
Political orientation: Liberal
Circulation: 31,000 (2014)
Frequency of publication: Monday to Friday
Online payment model: All content free of charge

Location: Riga, Latvia
Publisher: Handelshafen Riga
Area of distribution: Nationwide
Established: 1990

Andrejostas 2, Riga 1045
Phone: 00371 67 06 31 90
Twitter: @DienaLv

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1.  Diena - Latvia | 15/11/2015

Exodus to Europe: Latvia must ensure migrants are well integrated

The first of the 250 refugees stipulated as Latvia's quota will arrive in the country in January. The liberal daily Diena calls on society to ... » more

2.  Diena - Latvia | 11/09/2015

Exodus to Europe: Latvian desire for isolation unrealistic

The attitude of many Latvians to refugees from other cultures is divorced from reality, philosopher Artis Svece writes in the liberal daily Diena: "One gets ... » more

3.  Diena - Latvia | 16/07/2015

Joint airline a Baltic acid test

Latvia's transport minister wants Estonia and Lithuania to be shareholders in the Latvian carrier Air Baltic, establishing a joint Baltic airline company. The liberal daily ... » more

4.  Diena - Latvia | 26/05/2015

Latvia wants a president who speaks English

The Latvian parliament elects a new president on June 3. Of the four candidates Defence Minister Raimond Veijonis and ECJ judge Egils Levtis have the ... » more

5.  Diena - Latvia | 19/05/2015

Latvia needs more immigration, not less

Whereas Latvia's politicians have spoken out against the quota system for refugees, the country is in fact suffering from the effects of emigration and shortage ... » more

6.  Diena - Latvia | 07/05/2015

Latvia must take in migrants

The Latvian parliament on Thursday started a debate on whether to take in refugees. The country has yet to adopt a clear stance on the ... » more

7.  Diena - Latvia | 23/04/2015

Don't lump all Russians together on May 9

The celebrations on May 9 marking the anniversary of the end of World War II remain controversial in Latvia. Every year hundreds of Russians celebrate ... » more

8.  Diena - Latvia | 07/04/2015

Loyal Russians sought for new TV programme

After Latvia's National Electronic Media Council gave its approval for a new Russian-language TV station the liberal daily Diena wonders who will be responsible for ... » more

9.  Diena - Latvia | 29/03/2015

Don't make schools islands of puritanism

The Latvian parliament is discussing a draft law banning school textbooks that could negatively affect pupils' development. Such methods are reminiscent of neighbouring Russia, where ... » more

10.  Diena - Latvia | 27/03/2015

Latvia right to introduce the euro

Latvia's Economics Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola said in a televised interview this week that the Baltic state would have avoided a financial disaster even if it ... » more


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