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Introduction:

Several eastern Baltic tribes merged in medieval times to form the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.). The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 26% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia acceded to both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004; it joined the euro zone in 2014 and the OECD in 2016. A dual citizenship law was adopted in 2013, easing naturalization for non-citizen children.

 

Latvia Flag
Flag

Latvia Emblem
Emblem

Quick Facts

Population:
1,923,559 (July 2018 est.)

Map Reference:
Europe
Area:
total= 64,589 sq km

Government:
Parliamentary Democracy
Capital:
Riga

Internet Code:
.lv

Airports:
42 (2013)

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Latvia Locater
Locater

Latvia Map
Map

Astronaut Image

Astronaut Image
LATVIA
Mission/Frame: STS068-240-50
Spacecraft Altitude: 117 nautical miles (217 km)
Features:
RIGA, DAUGAVA R., FORESTS

 

 

 

 

 

   

Source: CIA The World Factbook

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