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President of Latvia

President of Latvia

Vaira Vike-Freiberga - Born in Riga, Latvia, on December 1, 1937, grew up in refugee camps in Germany, went to school in French Morocco, University studies in Canada (B.A. and M.A., Univ. of Toronto, Ph.D., McGill Univ.). Retired as professor emerita from the Universite de Montreal in 1998, after being a professor of psychology there since 1965. On May 10, 2000 received an honorary degree from Victoria University in the University of Toronto, on September 28, 2000 an honorary degree from University of Latvia, on April 29, 2002 received an honorary degree from Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University. On June 14, 2002 received an honorary degree from McGill University of Montreal. Appointed Director of the newly created Latvian Institute in Riga by the Prime Minister of Latvia in Fall 1998. Elected President of the Republic of Latvia on June 17, 1999. Assumed a four year term as Head of State on July 8, 1999. Re-elected as President of the Republic of Latvia for another four years wih 88 votes for and 6 against on June 20, 2003.

Administrative experience: Past president of the Canadian Psychological Association, the Social Science Federation of Canada and the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (USA). Served as Vice-chairman of the Science Council of Canada (a Governor-General-in-council appointment) and chaired the Human Factors Panel of the NATO Science programme as its Canadian representative. Currently the President of the Academie des lettres et des sciences humaines of the Royal Society of Canada (Canada’s National Academy).

Honours and distinctions: Appointed to the Council of Women World Leaders (Harvard University, 1999) Elected Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1999), Grand Medal (1997) of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, the Pierre Chauveau medal for distinguished work in the humanities (1995) from the Royal Society of Canada, the Latvian Three-Star Order (1995), a Killam Research Fellowship (The Canada Council) 1993-1995, the Marcel-Vincent prize and medal (1992) for distinguished work in the Social Sciences from ACFAS (Association canadienne française pour l’avancement des sciences), an LL.D. (1991) from Queen’s University (Canada), the Social Science Prize from the World Association of Free Latvians (Washington, D.C.) (1989), the Anna Abele prize in Latvian philology (1979).

Read more: State Chancellery of the President of Latvia

Related documents: Bank of Latvia, Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia, Central Statistic Bureau of Latvia, Financial and Capital Market Commission, Latvian Investment and Development Agency, Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs, Parlament of Latvia, President of Latvia, State Audit Office Republic of Latvia

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