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Our relationship with Latvia

New Zealand’s relationship with Latvia is friendly and, to the extent that constraints of size and distance allow, we are working towards to strengthening our political and economic ties.

Latvia joined the United Nations in September 1991 and was the first Baltic state to join the World Trade Organisation. New Zealand regularly interacts with Latvia in these fora, and values its relationship with Latvia as a member state of the European Union and in the OECD.

During the 1940s, a few hundred Latvians settled in New Zealand. The photographer Andris Apse is possibly the best-known Latvian New Zealander. Our modern people-to-people links are underpinned by a Working Holiday Scheme that was signed in 2008, with strong uptake by Latvians.

Working holiday scheme

Information on Working Holiday Schemes(external link) is available on the Immigration New Zealand website.


Information on New Zealand’s trade relationship with Latvia is available on the New Zealand Trade Dashboard(external link).

As Latvia is a European Union member state, the EU-NZ FTA will apply to trade between Latvia and New Zealand.


Recent official visits

New Zealand to Latvia

  • June 2016: Hon Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Latvia to New Zealand

  • August 2022: Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited New Zealand
  • June 2015: Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited New Zealand


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