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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What happens in Latvia - Fortune India

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What happens in Latvia
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For james bond fans, Goldfinger brings back memories of a fat, blue-eyed, red-haired, and gold-greedy villain from the 1964 Hollywood blockbuster. But few recall that Auric Goldfinger was an immigrant from Riga, the capital of Latvia. At the time ...
Latvia to maintain trade relations with IranMENAFN.COM

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Army cadets jet off to Latvia on once-in-a-lifetime trip - The Northern Echo

The Northern Echo

Army cadets jet off to Latvia on once-in-a-lifetime trip
The Northern Echo
Army cadets jet off to Latvia on once-in-a-lifetime trip. By Jo Kelly jobishop98 News Editor North. WORLD ADVENTURE: Durham Army Cadets Adam Curry, Callum Anderson, Chloe Jenner and Amy McCartney have flown to Latvia to take part in an army cadet ...



Latvia Continues Plans To Prepare Sliding Venue For Stockholm 2026 Olympic Bid - GamesBids.com

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Latvia Continues Plans To Prepare Sliding Venue For Stockholm 2026 Olympic Bid
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Officials in Sigulda, Latvia have provided support for the purchase of land near the proposed sliding venue for Stockholm's 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. The land has been designated for the construction of housing that could also be utilized ...
Sigulda officials support land purchase for potential Athletes' Village for 2026 Winter OlympicsInsidethegames.biz (blog)

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Australian artist Imants Tillers embraces his Latvian roots in major exhibition in Riga - ABC News

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Australian artist Imants Tillers embraces his Latvian roots in major exhibition in Riga
ABC News
The internationally renowned artist who represented Australia in the Venice Biennale in 1986 and won the Wynne Prize for Australian landscape painting two years running in 2012-13 says he has long paid tribute to his Latvian heritage in his works ...



Construction output in Latvia grew by 31.6% in the 2nd quarter of 2018 - The Baltic Course

The Baltic Course

Construction output in Latvia grew by 31.6% in the 2nd quarter of 2018
The Baltic Course
The latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) of Latvia show that, compared to the 2nd quarter of 2017, in the 2nd quarter of 2018 construction output increased by 31.6% (according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices ...



Travel: One night in a forgotten museum in Riga, Latvia - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Travel: One night in a forgotten museum in Riga, Latvia
Hindustan Times
History was not on our agenda when we landed in Riga with three little girls. Holocaust museums and KGB torture chambers were not exactly holiday material. We skipped the countless museums the Latvian capital had to offer, except a vast open-air museum ...



Black Hawk deal could lift Latvian military - Flightglobal

Black Hawk deal could lift Latvian military
Flightglobal
Latvia could advance its armed forces modernisation programme via a four-aircraft purchase of Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, after the US Department of State gave its approval to a potential deal. Worth up to $200 million, the ...



Estonia wants to create common packaging deposit system with Latvia Eco Baltia - The Baltic Course

The Baltic Course

Estonia wants to create common packaging deposit system with Latvia Eco Baltia
The Baltic Course
Estonia wants to create a common packaging deposit system with Latvia because part of the bottles that are bought in Latvia end up in Estonian reverse vending machines, causing losses to the system's administrators, informs LETA referring to Maris ...



Survey: Young Latvians keener to start own business than their Baltic peers - Xinhua

Survey: Young Latvians keener to start own business than their Baltic peers
Xinhua
RIGA, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Young people in Latvia are keener to start their own business than their peers in Lithuania and Estonia, according to a latest survey released by the Swedish bank SEB Group. The survey of 18 to 25 years old respondents shows ...

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Some NGOs are lying to UN Committee, discrediting Latvia ombudsman - Baltic Times

Baltic Times

Some NGOs are lying to UN Committee, discrediting Latvia ombudsman
Baltic Times
RIGA Some NGOs are providing inaccurate and even false information to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, discrediting Latvia, said Latvian Chief Ombudsman Juris Jansons. The ombudsman criticized efficiency of the UN ...