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Krisjanis Karins

Prime Minister

Republic of Latvia

Krisjanis Karins is the Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia. He took office on 23 January 2019.

For the last ten years, he was a Member of the European Parliament. From 2004 to 2006, Karins was the Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia, and from 2002 to 2009 – a Member of the Saeima (Parliament). Before starting his political career, Kariņš was a successful entrepreneur.

Karins was born in 1964 in Wilmington, Delaware, the US. After completing a bachelors degree and Ph.D in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to Latvia and founded a frozen food business.

Interesting fact:

K. Kariņš has acquired PhD degree at the University of Pennsylvania in the linguistics specialty. The Prime Minister is fluent in Latvian, English and German, and also speaks in French and Russian.