Ein Denkmal einer PErson, die drei Sterne in die Höhe hält vor einer großen Straßenkreuzung
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Science in Latvia

Batteries, thin metal alloys - these are the topics Latvian science is most concerned with. This is because many of Latvia's research institutions and also universities cooperate with industry to finance their research. The country itself has invested little in science for a long time. EU accession in 2004 has improved working conditions for scientists in the small country. EU funding supports solid-state physics in particular, and the country's research budget has doubled since. Nevertheless, the small country cannot yet keep up with other countries in all areas of research. In one thing, however, Latvia is already at the top of the EU: the proportion of women in research is higher than in any other EU country.

The Facts

Population 1,949,670
Area 64,559 km²
Gross domestic product per capita in US-Dollar 17,849.6
Public expenditure on education (share of GDP) 5.5 %
Share of female researchers 51.0 %
Universities 50
Universities per 1 million inhabitants 25.60
Students 80,355
Expenditure on Research and Development (share of GDP) 0.6 (share of GDP)

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Gebäude der Lettischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Riga. Credits: Lettische Akademie der Wissenschaften.
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Latvian Academy of Sciences
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Latvian Academy of Sciences
It is literally Latvia's highest scientific institution, housed in the country's frist skyscraper overseeing the historic capital.
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