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Latvia Introduction

Latvia is a European nation that regained its independence in 1991, after more than 50 years of forced annexation to the Soviet Union. Latvia lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea.

It had been independent from 1918 to 1940, when the Soviet Union occupied it and made it one of the 15 republics of the Soviet Union.

A Short Background

After a brief period of independence between the two World Wars, Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It 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 30% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow.

Latvia continues to revamp its economy for eventual integration into various Western European political and economic institutions.

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Topography of Latvia - Read more about the geography and topography of Latvia

History of Latvia - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Latvia

Life & People of Latvia - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Latvia

Local Cuisine of Latvia - Find out delicious local cuisines of Latvia

Holidays in Latvia - Check out a list of the local holidays in Latvia

Festivals in Latvia - Learn about the festivals in Latvia

Embassies of Latvia - Provides an Embassy database for Latvia

Administration facts of Latvia - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Latvia

Newstands in Latvia - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Latvia

Attractions in Latvia - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Latvia

Maps of Latvia - Discover a detailed map of Latvia

Map Database of Latvia - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Latvia

Flags of Latvia - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Latvia. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Latvia - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Latvia

Shopping in Latvia - Find out the best places for shopping in Latvia

Restaurants in Latvia - Browse a list of eat-outs in Latvia

Geography of Latvia - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Latvia

People of Latvia - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Latvia

Government and Politics in Latvia - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Latvia.

Economy of Latvia - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Latvia

Communications in Latvia - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Latvia

Transportation in Latvia - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Latvia

Military of Latvia - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Latvia

Transnational Issues of Latvia - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Latvia


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