The Latvian Institute (LI) was established on September 29, 1998 by the government of Latvia. The Institute started working as a state-owned non-profit limited liability company. From November 2004 until February 2012, the Institute was a government agency under the supervision of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Since March 2012, the Institute is an institution of direct administration under the control of the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Current Director of the Institute is Aiva Rozenberga. Her professional background includes experience in state administration, public communication and culture management – she was the spokeswoman of Latvia's Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma. From 1998 to 2007, Rozenberga worked as President Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga's press secretary and the head of the presidential press service. In 2008, she took a position on the project of Rīga as the European Capital of Culture and headed the “Riga 2014” Artistic Council. During her career, Rozenberga has held a position of the press secretary of the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration and an adviser for the workgroup on the celebrations of Latvia’s 90th anniversary. She has also worked as a journalist at “Latvijas Radio” and as its special reporter in Estonia.
In 2007, she studied at the ZEIT-Stiftung Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance for young leaders. Aiva Rozenberga holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanities from the University of Latvia.
First Director of the Institute was Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (19.10.1998.-08.07.1999.). From 1999 until December, 2010 the director of the Institute was Ojārs Ēriks Kalniņš, but since January, 2011 till October, 2015 the work of the Institute was led by Karina Pētersone.
The main goal of the Institute is promotion of Latvia’s positive international recognition, through creation of competitive identity for the state.
In accordance with the statutes, the Institute carries out the following functions:
- participates in the creation of politics of Latvia’s identity and coordinates the implementation of it;
- creates network of partners (governmental and non-governmental institutions, private partners, experts and others) that cooperate with the Institute in Latvia promoting activities;
- organizes Latvia promoting activities abroad and in Latvia.
The Institute performs following activities:
- prepares and spreads general information about Latvia and also detailed information about themes concerning the state, land and nation. It also prepares and spreads informative materials about Latvia, creates and supports Latvia’s official informative portal for foreign auditorium, offers information and consultations about issues in the competence of the Institute.
- within lines of its competence carries out national and international projects;
- within lines of its competence co-operates with governmental institutions, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, private persons.
- achieves other activities that are defined in other legislation acts.
In 2012, the Institute received an award “For performing principle of good governance, through carrying out effective partnerships”.