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Funky Hostel is reinforced as a hostel that backpackers should stay at when travelling in Europe.

http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cBargain-g274960#1

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The latest www.HostelGuruNews.com newspaper is out now. See the latest news for the hostel industry as decided by individuals worldwide contributing their tweets, photos, films and stories.

Subscribers will receive their copy automatically each Friday midnight GMT.

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People can donate directly to the families of more that 50 victims. Emergency fund set up by the ”Ziedot” foundation.
Recipient: Fonds ”Ziedot”
Registration Nr: 40008078226
Bank name: Swedbank
Bank code (SWIFT): HABA LV 22
Account number: LV95HABA0551006150241
Aim: ”Support for victims of the 21st of November tragedy”

Or, if you are in Latvia, you can call the number 9000 6385 to donate 1 lat (2 US $) to the cause.

More info can be found here: http://www.ziedot.lv/en/project/1762

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Riga is voted in 4th place by the Lonely Planet for being one of the Top 10 Places to Visit in 2014.

Riga is a Hanseatic capital city key to Baltic Sea trade over the past centuries. Latvia once famous for having Europe's highest standard of living prior to soviet occupation regained independence in 1991. Since then Riga and Latvia has gone from strength to strength.
Now there is an abundance of hipster-chic cafes dotted around Riga amongst restored art nouveau buildings in numbers greater than anywhere in Germany.

Citizenship laws change in Latvia that enable many people of Latvian heritage to apply for Latvian citizenship and then a Latvian Passport. Many eligible people have more interest to live and travel freely in the European Union than to live in Latvia. But it is hoped that there will be some people that having gained their Latvian citizenship will look to find ways to contribute to the development of Latvia. 

From 01 October 2013 citizenship applications can be submitted. Eligible people do not have to sit a Latvian language examination. To find out more then send an email with your details to citizenship@austcham.lv

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Latvia has been a European Union member since 1st May 2004 and has benefitted greatly from EU development funds. But those funds could only be used to pay salaries of project members that had citizenship of an EU member country. Latvia has long missed out on skills from citizens of Australian, US, NZ, Canada and more. But now these non EU citizens that have Latvian heritage can gain their Latvian citizenship and be compensated equitably for their efforts.

Funky Hostel in Riga is also the base for the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia. So if you book in to Funky Hostel and express your desire to be connected to EU projects for the development of Latvia then we can assist you.

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Travelling to Latvia in 2014 will be a lot easier for tourists as Latvia will be using the euro currency. No longer will the Latvian Lat (lvl) be used. Tourists will more easily be able to value the price of things in Latvia.

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The Song Festival in Latvia 2013 starts 30 June and finished 7 July 2013. It is tipped to attract the largest ever amount of foreign tourists. Funky Hostel in the centre of Riga still has beds available to be booked for 35 euros a day.
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