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Latvia Announces Unchanged 2022 Public Holidays

Source: The Welfare Ministry of the Government of Latvia (Riga)
Posted: Monday, May 31, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: June 5, 2022

The Ministry of Welfare of the government of Latvia has announced that due to the manner in which the 2022 Latvian public holidays will occur, there will be no "On the transfer of working days in 2022" list of bridge non-working public holidays in Latvia, for the upcoming calendar year 2022.

For many years, the Government of Latvia followed the practice of declaring additional, one-off, bridge public holidays that are compensated by the same number of Saturdays being declared as regular working days (2014-11-15, 2013-10-25, 2013-01-16, 2012-01-04, 2010-01-08, 2009-05-21 and 2007-04-13).

This practice was stopped twice (2015-12-05 and 2011-01-05), but had been reinstated for the past six years (2020-05-28, 2019-05-10, 2018-12-17, 2017-12-14, 2017-02-26 and 2016-06-14).

The lack of bridge public holidays in the announced list of 2022 public holidays stems from the weekdays on which 2022 public holidays fall, and not by a deliberate attempt by the government to stop the practice.

A 2020 survey by the Latvian Ministry of the Economy, in which over 23000 people took part (about 2 percent of the work force), showed a support of almost 95 percent for the declaration of bridge holidays, compensated by working Saturdays.

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