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8. Creativity and Culture

8.2 Administration and governance

Last update: 28 November 2023
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  1. Governance
  2. Cross-sectorial cooperation


The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia is a state governance institution, which creates and coordinates the state cultural policy, develops state policy in the field of social integration, as well as develops the policy of mass media. The Ministry of Culture operates taking into account the Regulations of the Ministry of Culture, the Action Strategy of the Ministry of Culture, the Declaration of the Cabinet of Ministers, and the State Cultural Policy Guidelines.

There are three departments ensuring the overall work of the Ministry of Culture: the Cultural Policy Department, the Social Integration Department, and the European Union Funds Department.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture has the following permanent divisions: Public Relations Division, Archive, Library and Museum Division, Copyright Division, Budget Division, Document Management Division, Book-keeping and Accounts Division, Internal Audit Division, IT Division, Investment and Projects Division, Legal Division, Media policy division, Personnel Division, Procurement Division, International Cooperation and EU Policy Division.

The Ministry of Culture supervises the following sectors and intersectors: libraries, museums, music, visual arts, design, theatre, literature, film art, cultural education, copyright and related rights, architecture, cultural monuments, intangible cultural heritage; digital cultural heritage; archives, social integration, and media policy.

Cross-sectorial cooperation

On September 14, 2011, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Education and Science signed a Memorandum of Cooperation. The purpose of the Memorandum is to exchange information on diaspora issues including young people living abroad.

The Memorandum has contributed to developing close and coordinated cooperation with the diaspora in order to maintain its link with the Latvian language and Latvian cultural space, the sense of belonging to the Latvian nation.