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Location:
- in eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea;
- Neighbours: Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Belarus.

Climate:
- maritime climate with wet, moderate winters.

Macro indicators
* 2018 estimates
Surface:64,589km2
Population*:1.9million
Pop. density*:29.9people/km2
GDP*:29.5EUR billion
GDP/capita*:15,262.6EUR

European Union:
EU member, since 2004

Currency: Euro
Code: EUR
Since: 2014
- replaced Latvian lats (LVL)


Insurance market portfolio
* 2018 estimates
TOTAL LIFE*:19%
TOTAL NON-LIFE*:81%
Overall Property*:12%
Overall Motor*:32%


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Statistics

Latvia 3Q2019 Market Portfolio

Latvia 3Q2019 Insurance Companies Rankings


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Latest news


Insurance manager wins tender to become LATVIA's tax chief

A high-level insurance manager has won a tender to become Latvia's State Revenue Service's director-general, State Chancellery Director Martins Krievins, who chaired the panel assessing the candidates, told reporters Tuesday.



William VIDONJA: The sky is going to fall on insurers, intermediaries and consumers

"The sky is going to fall soon on the insurers, intermediaries and consumers in Europe", believes William VIDONJA, Head of Conduct of Business, Insurance Europe, referring to EU regulation.
In this regard, he stressed out the new features of the IDD (insurance distribution directive), PRIIPs (related to investment-based insurance products) and Solvency II Directive.




STATISTICS: LATVIA, 1Q2016: Local insurers are losing market share to EU branches

According to FKTK - The Financial and Capital Market Commission, the Latvian insurance market totaled EUR 157.3 million at the end of March 2016, or 4% more y-o-y. The EU-branches' GWP increased by 11.2% to EUR 43.2 million (or 27.4% from the total amount of premiums), while the Latvian-based insurers accounted for the rest of 72.6% or EUR 114.1 million (up by 1.6% y-o-y).

VIG: BTA Baltic's acquisition authorized by the Latvian Competition Council

The Latvian Competition Council has allowed Austrian VIENNA Insurance Group (VIG) to take over Latvia's BTA Baltic Insurance Company (BTA Baltic), LETA news agency informed. The competition watchdog approved the deal as in its opinion there is no indication that the takeover might affect competition in the non-life insurance market.





Good signs for you to invest in the LATVIAN insurance business

At the end of September 2015, a huge amount was totaled by the Latvian insurance market: 396 million of euros. It means that, in comparison with the same period in 2014, this business has grown 4,6 percent. The Financial and Capital Market Commission (FKTK) stated that, in claims, the Latvian insurance companies paid more than 225 million euros and, in statistics, it is equivalent to affirm that such increase represents 9.5 percent more year over year. But that's not all. The local insurers have written, of the total gross premiums, more than 72 percent. In euros, it corresponds to 287 million; and, by the way, 5.8 percent more year over year.


LATVIA: Balta insurer closes 2015 with profit of EUR 1.19 mln

Latvian insurance company Balta closed 2015 was a profit of EUR 1.19 million, informs LETA, according to the company's annual statements. After posting loss for several successive years, Balta succeed to break into the black in 2015. For example, previously it showed a loss of more than EUR 1 million in 2014, and a loss of EUR 2.2 million in 2013.



Deputy chairman may take over LATVIA's finance watchdog

The Bank of Latvia President Ilmars Rimsevics and Finance Minister Janis Reirs (Unity) have nominated the Financial and Capital Market Commission's (FKTK) deputy chairman Peters Putnins as the commission's head, reported LETA Monday.


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