Latvia enters the eurozone

Latvian 2-euro coins
New Latvian 2-euro coins making use of the classic image of the Latvian maiden in folk costume, first used on Latvian coinage in 1929.

 

With the start of the new year Latvia have officially adopted the euro as its currency, replacing the lats which were introduced after the republic’s independence in 1991.

Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker

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Wiener Musikverein, Vienna, Austria.
Photo: Peter Haas/Wikimedia

 

The New Year’s Concert in Vienna is a longstanding and very popular tradition on New Year’s Day, which is broadcast on TV not only in Austria and the German-speaking countries of Europe but also in more than 70 other countries around the world. Since 1939 the concert is held in the Gro├čer Saal (Large Hall) in the Wiener Musikverein, situated in the city centre of Vienna.

The classical music performed always include works written by the famous Strauss family.