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.
As of July 1, 2019, the director of the Latvian Institute is Ms. Vita Timermane-Moora. Previously Vita Timermane-Moora served as an advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Strategic Communications Project Group, coordinating the Latvian National Centennial Public Diplomacy Program, and worked at the Latvian Embassy in Belgium. She has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1998.
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. From 2016 till December 2018 the Institute was lead by Aiva Rozenberga.
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”.