Smart Villages support in Latvia

How is the concept of Smart Villages defined?

Yes, there is a formal definition by the Latvian National Rural Network Support Unit as follows:

“A community of citizens who share a common identity, territory and / or interests and who undertake to seek practical solutions to the challenges they face.”

Is digital a key feature of Smart Villages?

Digital is not a key feature of Smart Villages in Latvia.

Is social innovation a key feature of Smart Villages?

Social innovation is a very important feature of Smart Villages. It is understood as a service created by local people as a result of the generation of new ideas.

How is the CAP supporting Smart Villages?

Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Latvia


Andra Karlsone


CAP 2014-2022

Yes, specific SV interventions.


Technical assistance & training

The activities of the smart villages were supported by the NRN technical assistance funding and through the measures on ‘trainings, mentoring, publicity’.

CAP 2023-2027

Indirectly, no specific Smart Villages intervention

Zanda Dimanta-Svilpe


CAP Network support

Yes, specific Smart Villages activities by the network.


Training/ workshops on Smart Villages

Various training sessions to help village people to achieve goals for the development of Smart Village


Specific webpage/ website on SmartVillages


Collection of specific examples/ good practices on Smart Villages


Regularly sharing news/ information on Smart Villages

How are other policies supporting Smart Villages?

No other policies supporting Smart Villages have been identified at this stage.


Please find further information about Smart Villages support in Latvia on the Smart Rural 21 project’s Latvia country page.

Smart Rural 27 – Smart Villages Taskforce

A National Smart Villages Taskforces have been set up in Latvia

To read more about the taskforce, click here

Smart Villages in Latvia

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Last update: May 4, 2023