Northern Europe

Lithuania Joins Eurozone

Lithuania joined the eurozone Thursday, becoming its 19th member.

Starting January 1, Lithuanians can swap their old currency, litas (LTL), in exchange for euros (EUR).

The exchange rate is set at 1 EUR = 3.45280 LTL.

Straujuma: Summit to bring us all closer to our common goals

BELGRADE - The Belgrade summit will be an excellent forum for exchanging ideas on enhancing the cooperation and bringing us all closer to our common goals, Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma says in an exclusive opinion piece for Tanjug ahead of the Third Meeting of Heads of Government of China and CEECs in Belgrade, which Tanjug publishes in full.

Butkevicius:Cooperation between China,16 CEECs ever stronger

BELGRADE - Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) is intense, with numerous perspectives for the future, and provides all participating countries with excellent opportunities for bilateral and regional partnership in various fields, Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius says in an exclusive opinion piece for Tanjug ahead of the Third Meeting of He

Roivas calls on world to use Estonia's e-services

BELGRADE - Estonia is one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union and the most business-friendly countries, Estonia's Prime Minister Taavi Roivas says, calling on partner countries to use its e-services.

In an exclusive opinion piece for Tanjug ahead of the Third Meeting of Heads of Government of China and Central and Eastern European countries, Roivas notes:

Finland's president opposed to NATO membership

Finland's president opposed to NATO membership

WASHINGTON -- Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has said that his country, balancing between Russia and the West, should not join NATO.

Niinisto maintains this position despite the Ukrainian crisis and calls from some Finnish politicians for the country to become a part of the western military alliance.

Latvian foreign minister comes out as gay on Twitter

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has become the first high-ranking politician in his country and the Baltic states to come out publicly as being gay, in a series of tweets.
      
"I proudly announce I am gay... Good luck all of you," he said late Thursday in a tweet that has since gone viral.
      

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