About Defence Ministry

Pursuant to the “By-Law of the Ministry of Defence” approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 29 April, 2003, the Ministry of Defence is the leading state administrative institution in the field of defence directly subordinate to the Minister of Defence.

The Ministry of Defence develops National Defence Policy, organises and co-ordinates the implementation of the National Policy, the implementation of National Policy in the areas of geodesy, cartography, and geo-spatial information, as well as the implementation of National Policy in the areas of military education and science.

Defence budget

Ministry of Defence: Saeima decides to spend more on defence, reaching the threshold of 2% of GDP for the first time in its history and ensuring the compliance with NATO standards, which require member states to spend at least 2% of their GDP on defence.

Social security

Ministry of Defence coordinates

  • health benefits for soldiers

  • military pensions

  • healthcare for retired military personnel

Media contacts

Anete Gnēze

Head of Media Relations Section



Media Relations Section is responsible for public affairs of the defence sector, including National Armed Forces of Latvia.

For general questions and media requests please contact Head of Media Relations section or press officers.

Additional information


How to find us

Address: K. Valdemāra iela 10/12, Rīga, LV-1473

Telephone: 67335113 (Secretariat) , 67335093 (Media Relation Section) 

E-mail: kanceleja@mod.gov.lv  

Bank details:

Reg.No: 90000022632

Bank Name: Valsts kase, TRELLV22

Account No: LV38TREL2100011017000

From June 1st,  2018 Ministry of Defence working hours:
Monday - Thursday from 8.15 to 17.00
Friday from 8.15 until 15.45.