-1971 Born in Riga

-1995 Bachelor’s degree in economics from Riga Technical University

-1995 Assistant in physics for one year at Mainz University, Germany

-1996 Master's degree in physics from the University of Latvia

-1998 Macroeconomics analyst at Bank of Latvia

-2001 Appointed chief economist at Bank of Latvia

-2002 Elected MP of the Saeima (the Latvian parliament)

-2002 Appointed minister for finance until 2004

-2004 Member of the European Parliament until 2009

-2009 Prime minister

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