Date of Birth: 01/12/1937
Place of birth: Riga
Vike-Freiberga, Vaira (Vaira Vike-Freiberga) Karlovna (paternal surname - Hermanovicha) President of the Republic of Latvia. He took office June 17, 1999.
Born in Riga, December 1, 1937. When she was a month old, ee father died. December 31, 1944 the family went to Germany, following the retreating German troops.
Primary education received at the Latvian school in a refugee camp in Lubeck (Germany) and in the French school in Casablanca (Morocco). When Vaira 16 years old, cemya moved to Canada, where Vaira worked as a clerk in a bank and sorter of letters. In Canada, Vaira received higher education, a bachelor`s degree in English and a master`s degree in psychology. And then a doctorate in experimental psychology. He speaks Latvian, French, English, German, Spanish. Russian has not learned, but began to teach.
From 1965 to 1998 - a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal (Universite de Montreal). Vela courses in psychopharmacology, psycholinguistics, scientific theories. She conducted research in the field of psychology of memory processes, language, and thinking, including the impact of drugs. Among the Latvian emigration known works by Latvian Daina (poetic legend), their poetics and structure.
He was president of the Canadian branch of French Academy of Sciences (Royal Society of Canada). Since 1957, she worked as an educator of youth and specialist in folklore among Latvians living abroad. She was assigned to the Latvian Order of Three Stars, and awards of other states. He was active in the conduct of national and international scientific organizations. She worked as a representative of Canada and Chairman of the NATO scientific program "The Human Factor" in Brussels. It was attended by representatives of Canada - a consultant to the commission on constitutional amendments the Parliament of Brazil (1989). He was president of several scientific organizations. I get more medals Latvian Academy of Sciences and many other academies awards. Co-author of the database and the general Solar Dine Dine, author and co-author of seven books of the Latvian folk song.
In 1997 he moved from Canada to Latvia. October 19, 1998 appointed director of the Latvian Institute, responsible for the country`s image in the world.
June 10, 1999 took part in the presidential elections of the Republic of Latvia, extra renouncing Canadian citizenship. June 17, 1999 took office as President of the Republic of Latvia.
June 20, 2003 re-elected prezidentomLatviyskoy Republic. According to the Constitution of Latvia (Art. 53), the President does not bear political responsibility, however, WWF force to be reckoned, showed itself hard pro-American politician. In her 2004 Latvia joined the EU and NATO military contingent supported the war in Iraq. Has repeatedly warned about the threat from Russia, relations with which, when it deteriorated. A proponent of the revision history of the twentieth century and the post-war borders in Europe, in favor of the condemnation of the Soviet Communist regime and a new Nuremberg trial of him. It was the only one of the presidents of the three Baltic States, who came to Moscow to celebrate the May 9, 2005.
Husband - Imants Freibergs, president of the Latvian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Son Karlis lives in Latvia, Indra`s daughter works in London. Grandchildren yet.