Latvia

Country Latvia
Capital Riga
Continent Europe
Currency Lats(LVL)
Languages Latvian

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The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed 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 30% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

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Latvia's unemployment level reportedly at 6.3% in 2019 - bnn-news.comLatvia's unemployment level reportedly at 6.3% in 2019  bnn-news.com

Minister: Latvia is already more cautious with coronavirus than Europe - bnn-news.comMinister: Latvia is already more cautious with coronavirus than Europe  bnn-news.com

Cold snap expected in Latvia in night hours this week - bnn-news.comCold snap expected in Latvia in night hours this week  bnn-news.com

Danish court officially decides to extradite Kristine Misane to Latvia - bnn-news.comDanish court officially decides to extradite Kristine Misane to Latvia  bnn-news.com

Secret minutes reveal how Latvia prepared for Moneyval exam - bnn-news.comSecret minutes reveal how Latvia prepared for Moneyval exam  bnn-news.com

Latvia's president promulgates Law on Dissolution of Riga City Council - bnn-news.comLatvia's president promulgates Law on Dissolution of Riga City Council  bnn-news.com

S&P Global Rating upgrades Latvia's credit rating to historically highest level - bnn-news.comS&P Global Rating upgrades Latvia's credit rating to historically highest level  bnn-news.com

Explore Latvia During Today's Holcombe Global Series - University of Arkansas NewswireExplore Latvia During Today's Holcombe Global Series  University of Arkansas Newswire

Latvia’s Tasse Film Boards Russian Spy Comedy Series ‘Pawns’ (EXCLUSIVE) - VarietyLatvia’s Tasse Film Boards Russian Spy Comedy Series ‘Pawns’ (EXCLUSIVE)  Variety

Razumkov to visit Latvia, Estonia this week - Kyiv PostRazumkov to visit Latvia, Estonia this week  Kyiv Post

Latvia applies to join CERN nuclear research body - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia applies to join CERN nuclear research body  Eng.Lsm.lv

Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Latvia | Press Releases - leta.lvEmbassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Republic of Latvia | Press Releases  leta.lv

Financial Action Task Force decides to not add Latvia to its «grey list» - bnn-news.comFinancial Action Task Force decides to not add Latvia to its «grey list»  bnn-news.com

Belarus-Latvia border crossing delays expected on 28 February over Latvian border guards exercise - Belarus News (BelTA)Belarus-Latvia border crossing delays expected on 28 February over Latvian border guards exercise  Belarus News (BelTA)

Weather week in Latvia: a little touch of winter - Eng.Lsm.lvWeather week in Latvia: a little touch of winter  Eng.Lsm.lv

10 promising Latvia-based startups to watch in 2020 - EU-Startups10 promising Latvia-based startups to watch in 2020  EU-Startups

Credit rating upgrade for Latvia to historic high - Eng.Lsm.lvCredit rating upgrade for Latvia to historic high  Eng.Lsm.lv

Ministry: Border trade continues despite Latvian excise hike - ERR NewsMinistry: Border trade continues despite Latvian excise hike  ERR News

Latvian government signs new contract for Latvia's pavilion in Expo 2020 - bnn-news.comLatvian government signs new contract for Latvia's pavilion in Expo 2020  bnn-news.com

From Latvia to Springfield: MSU adds tennis player to hall of fame - Standard OnlineFrom Latvia to Springfield: MSU adds tennis player to hall of fame  Standard Online

Kristine Misane's representatives say her extradition is temporarily halted - bnn-news.comKristine Misane's representatives say her extradition is temporarily halted  bnn-news.com

Latvian sports roundup: bobsleigh, luge and biathlon - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian sports roundup: bobsleigh, luge and biathlon  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian minister outlines Germany as an important strategic partner - bnn-news.comLatvian minister outlines Germany as an important strategic partner  bnn-news.com

Latvia will continue fighting for fair financing in EU's next multi-year budget - bnn-news.comLatvia will continue fighting for fair financing in EU's next multi-year budget  bnn-news.com

Latvia needs almost 300 million euros to afford Rail Baltica - bnn-news.comLatvia needs almost 300 million euros to afford Rail Baltica  bnn-news.com

Latvia sees grain harvest - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaLatvia sees grain harvest - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Tax burden in Latvia proposed to be increased from 31.4% to 35% of GDP - bnn-news.comTax burden in Latvia proposed to be increased from 31.4% to 35% of GDP  bnn-news.com

Latvia must be one of the bold countries that openly consider the need for digital services tax - Benhena-Bekena - Baltic TimesLatvia must be one of the bold countries that openly consider the need for digital services tax - Benhena-Bekena  Baltic Times

Misane could face prosecution in Latvia after all - Eng.Lsm.lvMisane could face prosecution in Latvia after all  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian Foreign Minister invites Nepal to sign an agreement on air traffic services | Press Releases - leta.lvLatvian Foreign Minister invites Nepal to sign an agreement on air traffic services | Press Releases  leta.lv

No more bad medicine in Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvNo more bad medicine in Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvia condemns Russian cyber-attack on Georgia - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia condemns Russian cyber-attack on Georgia  Eng.Lsm.lv

Thinking about the future of food | News item - The Netherlands and YouThinking about the future of food | News item  The Netherlands and You

Team Latvia takes first in Multi Block Classic - Fairbanks Daily News-MinerTeam Latvia takes first in Multi Block Classic  Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Estonian islands increasingly popular among Latvian tourists - Baltic TimesEstonian islands increasingly popular among Latvian tourists  Baltic Times

Latvia's not-so-Honorary Consul in Ukraine dragged from car full of contraband smokes - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia's not-so-Honorary Consul in Ukraine dragged from car full of contraband smokes  Eng.Lsm.lv

Denmark plans to have Latvian citizen Misane handed over to South African Republic - bnn-news.comDenmark plans to have Latvian citizen Misane handed over to South African Republic  bnn-news.com

Latvia signs $1.5m Expo 2020 Dubai construction contract - ArabianBusiness.comLatvia signs $1.5m Expo 2020 Dubai construction contract  ArabianBusiness.com

Latvia and Finland sign armored vehicle system agreement - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia and Finland sign armored vehicle system agreement  Eng.Lsm.lv

Swedbank lends EUR 60 mln for Hanner's project in Riga - Baltic TimesSwedbank lends EUR 60 mln for Hanner's project in Riga  Baltic Times

A city guide to Riga, Latvia's thriving capital - National Geographic UKA city guide to Riga, Latvia's thriving capital  National Geographic UK

Pabriks anticipates deterioration of Latvia-Denmark relations because of Misane's case | News - leta.lvPabriks anticipates deterioration of Latvia-Denmark relations because of Misane's case | News  leta.lv

Returning from Denmark - happy to be home - Eng.Lsm.lvReturning from Denmark - happy to be home  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian government approves rules for Riga and Ventspils Freeport - bnn-news.comLatvian government approves rules for Riga and Ventspils Freeport  bnn-news.com

Ventas Osta added to the regulations of Latvian Transport Ministry - bnn-news.comVentas Osta added to the regulations of Latvian Transport Ministry  bnn-news.com

Travel: How to spend 48 hours in Latvian capital Riga - The Sunday PostTravel: How to spend 48 hours in Latvian capital Riga  The Sunday Post

Ludwig of Germany, Cauce of Latvia win World Cup luge races - KSAT San AntonioLudwig of Germany, Cauce of Latvia win World Cup luge races  KSAT San Antonio

Latvia sides with US in Huawei 5G fight - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia sides with US in Huawei 5G fight  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian army gets new depot and new uniform design - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian army gets new depot and new uniform design  Eng.Lsm.lv

Driving behind the Iron Curtain: Cars of the USSR at the Riga Motor Museum - CNETDriving behind the Iron Curtain: Cars of the USSR at the Riga Motor Museum  CNET

Video: Being young in Latvia during World War II - Eng.Lsm.lvVideo: Being young in Latvia during World War II  Eng.Lsm.lv

Belarus, Latvia working on train schedule for 2021 IIHF WC - Belarus News (BelTA)Belarus, Latvia working on train schedule for 2021 IIHF WC  Belarus News (BelTA)

Latvian citizen to be repatriated from Wuhan, China - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian citizen to be repatriated from Wuhan, China  Eng.Lsm.lv

Baltic Express: transit situation would benefit from a change of Latvian Railway's policy - bnn-news.comBaltic Express: transit situation would benefit from a change of Latvian Railway's policy  bnn-news.com

Latvian Foreign Minister to meet with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Washington DC | Press Releases - leta.lvLatvian Foreign Minister to meet with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, in Washington DC | Press Releases  leta.lv

Samanta Tina: Still Breathing lyrics - Latvia Eurovision 2020 - wiwibloggsSamanta Tina: Still Breathing lyrics - Latvia Eurovision 2020  wiwibloggs

Construction Latvia inks deal for country pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai - MEConstructionNews.comConstruction Latvia inks deal for country pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai  MEConstructionNews.com

Latvian officials mark Holocaust remembrance day - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian officials mark Holocaust remembrance day  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian scientists develop better battery - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian scientists develop better battery  Eng.Lsm.lv

Bringing experience with UK financial regulator back to Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvBringing experience with UK financial regulator back to Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

Belarus to be featured at Latvian Book Fair 2020 - Belarus News (BelTA)Belarus to be featured at Latvian Book Fair 2020  Belarus News (BelTA)

2019 was a record year in Latvian agriculture - Eng.Lsm.lv2019 was a record year in Latvian agriculture  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian police liquidates fake news site www.aumytests.net. Employee detained - bnn-news.comLatvian police liquidates fake news site www.aumytests.net. Employee detained  bnn-news.com

Authorities concerned about Rimi and Maxima bread return practices - bnn-news.comAuthorities concerned about Rimi and Maxima bread return practices  bnn-news.com

Latvia and Finland consider common armored vehicle system - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia and Finland consider common armored vehicle system  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian government takes over National Opera building - bnn-news.comLatvian government takes over National Opera building  bnn-news.com

Latvian trucking company Kreiss allowed to resume operations in Norway - The Baltic CourseLatvian trucking company Kreiss allowed to resume operations in Norway  The Baltic Course

National basketball team suffers nail-biting double overtime loss - Eng.Lsm.lvNational basketball team suffers nail-biting double overtime loss  Eng.Lsm.lv

Searches in Latvian banks performed with help from Germany; two persons detained - bnn-news.comSearches in Latvian banks performed with help from Germany; two persons detained  bnn-news.com

Latvia Blocks Entry to Russian Journalist From Izvestiya Newspaper on Estonia's Request - UrduPoint NewsLatvia Blocks Entry to Russian Journalist From Izvestiya Newspaper on Estonia's Request  UrduPoint News

McCourt frustrated as Latvian Vorobjovs clinches a surprise Fivemiletown victory - Belfast TelegraphMcCourt frustrated as Latvian Vorobjovs clinches a surprise Fivemiletown victory  Belfast Telegraph

Latvia's Samanta Tina confirms for London Eurovision Party as promo season gets underway - wiwibloggsLatvia's Samanta Tina confirms for London Eurovision Party as promo season gets underway  wiwibloggs

Scammer who set up fake Moray business was arrested in Latvia after hunt across Europe - Press and JournalScammer who set up fake Moray business was arrested in Latvia after hunt across Europe  Press and Journal

Record year for Latvian aviation - Eng.Lsm.lvRecord year for Latvian aviation  Eng.Lsm.lv

Ministry proposes online eID voter register - Eng.Lsm.lvMinistry proposes online eID voter register  Eng.Lsm.lv

US advances to Fed Cup Finals after doubles win over Latvia - The Associated PressUS advances to Fed Cup Finals after doubles win over Latvia  The Associated Press

Latvia's President Levits completes whirlwind Munich visit - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia's President Levits completes whirlwind Munich visit  Eng.Lsm.lv

Reins over New Conservative Party once again handed over to Janis Bordans - bnn-news.comReins over New Conservative Party once again handed over to Janis Bordans  bnn-news.com

Latvian Healthcare Ministry puts third stage of e-health project on hold - bnn-news.comLatvian Healthcare Ministry puts third stage of e-health project on hold  bnn-news.com

Riga-based Mintos launches mobile app for its investment platform - EU-StartupsRiga-based Mintos launches mobile app for its investment platform  EU-Startups

Foreign Minister Rinkevics to meet with US Secretary of State Pompeo in Washington | News - leta.lvForeign Minister Rinkevics to meet with US Secretary of State Pompeo in Washington | News  leta.lv

A court coaching programme for Latvian pilot courts was launched in Riga on 22 and 23rd January 2020 - Council of EuropeA court coaching programme for Latvian pilot courts was launched in Riga on 22 and 23rd January 2020  Council of Europe

Riga Great Guild restoration project to cost 6.5 million euros - Eng.Lsm.lvRiga Great Guild restoration project to cost 6.5 million euros  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian secret service open about its building plans - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian secret service open about its building plans  Eng.Lsm.lv

Former «treasury keeper» of Škele's party becomes Latvian Defence Ministry's advisor - bnn-news.comFormer «treasury keeper» of Škele's party becomes Latvian Defence Ministry's advisor  bnn-news.com

Latvian Saeima committee to consider initiative to establish a park at former Marss cycling track - bnn-news.comLatvian Saeima committee to consider initiative to establish a park at former Marss cycling track  bnn-news.com

Cabinet of Ministers accepts university management changes - Eng.Lsm.lvCabinet of Ministers accepts university management changes  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian sports roundup: bobsleigh, skeleton and luge - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian sports roundup: bobsleigh, skeleton and luge  Eng.Lsm.lv

Riga Airport ranked 3rd fastest-growing airport in European capital cities - Baltic TimesRiga Airport ranked 3rd fastest-growing airport in European capital cities  Baltic Times

Latvian government sets term for Riga and Ventspils port board members – five years - bnn-news.comLatvian government sets term for Riga and Ventspils port board members – five years  bnn-news.com

22nd International Ice Sculpture Festival held in Jelgava, Latvia - Xinhua | English.news.cn - Xinhua22nd International Ice Sculpture Festival held in Jelgava, Latvia - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Croatia, Belgium, Israel, Greece double victories, Sweden hands Turkey the upset - EurohoopsCroatia, Belgium, Israel, Greece double victories, Sweden hands Turkey the upset  Eurohoops

Riga Jurmala Music Festival announces new Academy for 2020 - Classical MusicRiga Jurmala Music Festival announces new Academy for 2020  Classical Music

Proposal voiced to deny Aivars Lembergs the option to enter the Saeima - bnn-news.comProposal voiced to deny Aivars Lembergs the option to enter the Saeima  bnn-news.com

Former police chief reveals immediate political ambitions - Eng.Lsm.lvFormer police chief reveals immediate political ambitions  Eng.Lsm.lv

Six years late, Latvian bobsledders get their Olympic gold medals - Eng.Lsm.lvSix years late, Latvian bobsledders get their Olympic gold medals  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian sports roundup: tennis, figure skating and basketball - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvian sports roundup: tennis, figure skating and basketball  Eng.Lsm.lv

How to visit Riga for under Ł100 a night - Daily MailHow to visit Riga for under Ł100 a night  Daily Mail

Latvia eyes more investors from Azerbaijan to its ports, logistic hubs - Trend News AgencyLatvia eyes more investors from Azerbaijan to its ports, logistic hubs  Trend News Agency

Ostapenko outlasts Teichmann in Doha late-night thriller 2020 Doha 1 day ago - WTA TennisOstapenko outlasts Teichmann in Doha late-night thriller 2020 Doha 1 day ago  WTA Tennis