Money and central banks. Looking back into the future.

In 2022, we will be celebrating the centenary of the establishment of Latvijas Banka by looking back to the past and marking the challenges of the future. Over time, an institution has been built up that is independent, competent, with a long-term view on monetary policy issues, providing the basis for sustainable development of the state.

All through the year Latvijas Banka will be sharing its knowledge and historic testimonies with society, inviting it to discover cultural values and enjoy the celebration. At the same time, it is also envisaged to have a look into the future – our currency, the euro, is changing together with the world, acquiring new, digital forms. Besides, the role, tasks and contribution of a central bank to the common good of the society are also changing with the time.

Both, through the past 100 years and in the future, the main task of Latvijas Banka remains the same: to maintain the value of our money, so that it does not lose its trustworthiness in public eyes.


A 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to financial literacy
A 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to financial literacy

What is financial literacy? A wealthy person is not the one who owns a lot, but the one who is smart.

For the design of the national side of the new 2 euro commemorative coin Latvijas Banka has chosen one of the topical issues of today – financial literacy.

This coin shines in your hand when you move it. Along the same lines, one's mind also needs exercise to become more skilful and brighter.

March 2022

Architectural and historical tours "Two Buildings"

Want to feel the breath of history and take a close look at two pearls of architecture?

The tour will be accompanied by Ineta Lipša and Lilita Eglīte, our history and architecture experts, and you will be able to see various objects and premises of Latvijas Banka that usually are not shown to the public.

The tour will include visiting the premises of both the central bank and the former commercial bank. Starting from a visit to the Bank Vault until even a visit to the office of the former Director of the Bank and to the Golden Hall.

16.05.2022. – 20.05.2022.
Latvijas Banka buildings at K. Valdemāra iela 2A and K. Valdemāra iela 1B

May 2022

Evenings of 5 work days at 18.30.
Duration of the tour – 2 h.

Participation with a prior registration.

Discover the Bank’s treasures!
Discover the Bank’s treasures!

Within the framework of Latvijas Banka's centenary celebrations, we invite you on a tour.

There will be a lot of things to be seen for lovers of fine architecture and history, as well as for families with children.

The visitors will be able to listen to the expert's narration and do some practical tasks.

Gather your friends and family and discover the exciting world of the central bank closer than ever!

14.05.2022. – 14.05.2022.
Latvijas Banka at K. Valdemāra iela 2A

May 2022

Jēkabpils historical branch
From Ventspils to Valka. Latvijas Banka in the regions (1922–1940)

Let's go on tour!

The story of Latvijas Banka began in 1922, and it involved the entire territory of the budding Latvian state.

100 years have passed since then, and we have created this exhibition to remember the places and buildings, as well as the events and personalities that played a significant role in Latvijas Banka’s operation in 1922 – 1940. It will provide an opportunity to look into the history of the bank and understand how its tasks and role with regard to ensuring the Latvian statehood have changed in course of time.

The exhibition will travel from Riga to the regions of Latvia, visiting 9 cities.

May – December 2022

Riga, Ventspils, Kuldīga, Jelgava, Cēsis, Madona, Jēkabpils, Daugavpils, Rēzekne, Valka

Visual of exhibition
Exhibition "Our Values"

An exhibition created jointly by Latvijas Banka and the Latvian National Museum of Art, based on an understanding that money can serve as an important symbol for Latvia's identity and national values.

They are unique objects of art, a common value for all of us, conveying stories about significant events and outstanding personalities, creating a long-lasting connection between the past, present and future.

Latvian National Museum of Art

9 October 2022 – 22 January 2023

Presentation of scientific publication “History of Latvijas Banka 1922-1940”

A scientific publication dedicated to the centenary of Latvijas Banka is on its way to its readers. Its author is historian Ineta Lipša, scientific editor — historian Aivars Stranga.

Examining the range of so far unpublished sources, the publication will present the management of Latvijas Banka in decision-making processes and in interactions with other institutions and their leaders, starting from the establishment of Latvijas Banka in 1922 until its liquidation in 1940 as a result of the Soviet occupation.

Latvian National Library
High-level economic conference

In the year of its centenary, Latvijas Banka continues its well-established tradition and organises a high level international economic conference.

The Conference 2022 will outline a future vision of the society and will present discussions on the following subjects: future mandate of central banks; future of money; sustainability and long-term thinking; greening of the financial sector; and so-what for the society.

Latvian National Library

Prior registration upon receiving invitation for on-site attendance.
Possibility for everyone to watch the Conference online