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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News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Weather to remain mostly rainy in Latvia this week - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Weather to remain mostly rainy in Latvia this week  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Medicine wholesale traders' sales for October down 3% in Latvia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Medicine wholesale traders' sales for October down 3% in Latvia  bnn-news.com

Bererix starts construction of Rail Baltica Central Hub in Latvia - Railway TechnologyBererix starts construction of Rail Baltica Central Hub in Latvia  Railway Technology

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 457 in Latvia, 1 169 in Lithuania, 204 in Estonia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 457 in Latvia, 1 169 in Lithuania, 204 in Estonia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima maintains reduced VAT for fruits, berries and vegetables - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima maintains reduced VAT for fruits, berries and vegetables  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima to divert savings towards needs of national healthcare - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima to divert savings towards needs of national healthcare  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government supports minimal wage amount at EUR 500 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government supports minimal wage amount at EUR 500  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Infectologist: COVID-19 situation in Latvia is unstable, but restrictions definitely work - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Infectologist: COVID-19 situation in Latvia is unstable, but restrictions definitely work  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Police in Latvia commence administrative violation cases against residents not wearing masks - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Police in Latvia commence administrative violation cases against residents not wearing masks  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » COVID-19 crisis may negatively affect sex crime statistics - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » COVID-19 crisis may negatively affect sex crime statistics  bnn-news.com

Lithuanian foreign minister calls on Latvia to continue electricity trade talks - Baltic TimesLithuanian foreign minister calls on Latvia to continue electricity trade talks  Baltic Times

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia's Healthcare Minister urges residents to «be quiet» on Christmas - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia's Healthcare Minister urges residents to «be quiet» on Christmas  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 116 in Latvia, 1 179 in Lithuania, 232 in Estonia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 116 in Latvia, 1 179 in Lithuania, 232 in Estonia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Physicians' trade union head reveals having planned a congress for 70 people - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Physicians' trade union head reveals having planned a congress for 70 people  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Children in need of special care to be provided with state-paid assistant - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Children in need of special care to be provided with state-paid assistant  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Prime Minister: stricter COVID-19 restrictions may be imposed on schools - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Prime Minister: stricter COVID-19 restrictions may be imposed on schools  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Saeima: minimal income will not be allowed to be below EUR 109 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Saeima: minimal income will not be allowed to be below EUR 109  bnn-news.com

Three held in Latvia for 'trafficking and enslaving' Indian workers - Deccan HeraldThree held in Latvia for 'trafficking and enslaving' Indian workers  Deccan Herald

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » BNN summary of the week: Hopes for vaccine. Veto on EU budget. New SEPLP - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » BNN summary of the week: Hopes for vaccine. Veto on EU budget. New SEPLP  bnn-news.com

Covid-19 vaccines from several manufacturers could be available in Latvia by end-2021 - Baltic TimesCovid-19 vaccines from several manufacturers could be available in Latvia by end-2021  Baltic Times

Start of construction of the second stage of the Merks Viesturdarzs residential project (Riga, Latvia) - GlobeNewswireStart of construction of the second stage of the Merks Viesturdarzs residential project (Riga, Latvia)  GlobeNewswire

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » UK to lift lockdown in England, despite high COVID-19 numbers - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » UK to lift lockdown in England, despite high COVID-19 numbers  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima conceptually supports new measures to limit unfair trade practices - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima conceptually supports new measures to limit unfair trade practices  bnn-news.com

Ieva Feldman-Walmsley: living to the fullest and changing Latvia for better - Baltic TimesIeva Feldman-Walmsley: living to the fullest and changing Latvia for better  Baltic Times

More companies will be eligible for aid in Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvMore companies will be eligible for aid in Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 278 in Latvia, 996 in Lithuania, 186 in Estonia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 278 in Latvia, 996 in Lithuania, 186 in Estonia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Number of marriages registered in Latvia in October almost reaches 1 000 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Number of marriages registered in Latvia in October almost reaches 1 000  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Shopping centres to be limited on weekends during state of emergency in Latvia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Shopping centres to be limited on weekends during state of emergency in Latvia  bnn-news.com

Red Bull SoundClash Latvia: event info & videos - Red BullRed Bull SoundClash Latvia: event info & videos  Red Bull

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Wind, snow and unstable air temperature – weather in Latvia for weekend - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Wind, snow and unstable air temperature – weather in Latvia for weekend  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 380 in Latvia, 2 272 in Lithuania, 364 in Estonia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 380 in Latvia, 2 272 in Lithuania, 364 in Estonia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima approves Public Electronic Mass Media and Their Management Law - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Saeima approves Public Electronic Mass Media and Their Management Law  bnn-news.com

COVID-19 vaccines should be available 2021 in Latvia by year's end - Eng.Lsm.lvCOVID-19 vaccines should be available 2021 in Latvia by year's end  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvia's independence day – a single step in a long journey - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia's independence day – a single step in a long journey  Eng.Lsm.lv

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian State Police find human trafficking at a confectionery company in Latgale - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian State Police find human trafficking at a confectionery company in Latgale  bnn-news.com

NATO's expanded presence in Latvia is myth - Modern DiplomacyNATO's expanded presence in Latvia is myth  Modern Diplomacy

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Purgaile: Latvian banks are well-prepared for COVID-19 crisis - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Purgaile: Latvian banks are well-prepared for COVID-19 crisis  bnn-news.com

Fewer guest workers, more complaints in Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvFewer guest workers, more complaints in Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

Sweden Extends Advice Against Travel to Estonia, Ireland & Latvia to December 2 - SchengenVisaInfo.comSweden Extends Advice Against Travel to Estonia, Ireland & Latvia to December 2  SchengenVisaInfo.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » EUR 55.6 million invested in everyday state road maintenance in Latvia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » EUR 55.6 million invested in everyday state road maintenance in Latvia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Longer period of remote teaching in Latvia. What other restrictions planned? - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Longer period of remote teaching in Latvia. What other restrictions planned?  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Prison sentence as disciplinary penalty for soldiers to be abolished in Latvia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Prison sentence as disciplinary penalty for soldiers to be abolished in Latvia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Repeated state of emergency may see the return of idleness benefits in Latvia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Repeated state of emergency may see the return of idleness benefits in Latvia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government explains what could happen if Latvia enters «red zone» with COVID-19 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government explains what could happen if Latvia enters «red zone» with COVID-19  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Majority of tourists staying in Latvia hail from neighbouring countries - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Majority of tourists staying in Latvia hail from neighbouring countries  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia's president congratulates Moldovan colleague over the phone - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia's president congratulates Moldovan colleague over the phone  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Volume of alcoholic beverages released for trade in Latvia down 5.8% in nine months - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Volume of alcoholic beverages released for trade in Latvia down 5.8% in nine months  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Education Ministry rotates multiple high-ranking officials - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian Education Ministry rotates multiple high-ranking officials  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Estonian marriage referendum stumbles on MP's vote of conscience - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Estonian marriage referendum stumbles on MP's vote of conscience  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government declares state of emergency to limit spread of COVID-19 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government declares state of emergency to limit spread of COVID-19  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » November's beginning expected to be rather warm in Latvia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » November's beginning expected to be rather warm in Latvia  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Electricity production in Latvia down and consumption up in October - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Electricity production in Latvia down and consumption up in October  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Complaint received in Latvian Railway's procurement on station modernization - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Complaint received in Latvian Railway's procurement on station modernization  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » US government accepts Biden as «apparent winner» of presidential election - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » US government accepts Biden as «apparent winner» of presidential election  bnn-news.com

Lithuania's major supermarket chains join boycott of Latvia's Adugs - Baltic TimesLithuania's major supermarket chains join boycott of Latvia's Adugs  Baltic Times

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Kazaks: Riga should become the economic capital city of Baltic States - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Kazaks: Riga should become the economic capital city of Baltic States  bnn-news.com

Latvia will receive first AstraZeneca vaccines in January, instead of December - Vinkele - Baltic TimesLatvia will receive first AstraZeneca vaccines in January, instead of December - Vinkele  Baltic Times

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian-Russian border to be opened for energy imports on 5 November - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian-Russian border to be opened for energy imports on 5 November  bnn-news.com

Producer prices in October up 0.2% in Latvia - Eng.Lsm.lvProducer prices in October up 0.2% in Latvia  Eng.Lsm.lv

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 366 in Latvia, 1680 in Lithuania, 414 in Estonia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 366 in Latvia, 1680 in Lithuania, 414 in Estonia  bnn-news.com

Statement by the Prime Minister on Latvia's Independence Day - Canada NewsWireStatement by the Prime Minister on Latvia's Independence Day  Canada NewsWire

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 136 in Latvia, 413 in Lithuania, 37 in Estonia - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 136 in Latvia, 413 in Lithuania, 37 in Estonia  bnn-news.com

Latvia believes that EU should have an unrushed discussion on a common understanding of European migration and asylum issues - Baltic TimesLatvia believes that EU should have an unrushed discussion on a common understanding of European migration and asylum issues  Baltic Times

Latvia, Estonia might agree on bilateral methodology – Lithuanian energmin - Baltic TimesLatvia, Estonia might agree on bilateral methodology – Lithuanian energmin  Baltic Times

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Reminder: drivers in Latvia have to switch to winter tires by 1 December - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Reminder: drivers in Latvia have to switch to winter tires by 1 December  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia's president supports declaration of state of emergency - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia's president supports declaration of state of emergency  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Ex-environment minister of Latvia becomes Saeima deputy again - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Ex-environment minister of Latvia becomes Saeima deputy again  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » 16 positive COVID-19 cases found at Riga Football Club - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » 16 positive COVID-19 cases found at Riga Football Club  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government calls a meeting to decide on new COVID-19 restrictions - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government calls a meeting to decide on new COVID-19 restrictions  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » WHO: Europe will face third wave of COVID-19, if preparations insufficient again - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » WHO: Europe will face third wave of COVID-19, if preparations insufficient again  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Minister: Latvia may have to decide on more restrictions for stores - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Minister: Latvia may have to decide on more restrictions for stores  bnn-news.com

E-commerce on the rise in Latvia during pandemic - Eng.Lsm.lvE-commerce on the rise in Latvia during pandemic  Eng.Lsm.lv

The Irregular Latvian guide to national symbols - Eng.Lsm.lvThe Irregular Latvian guide to national symbols  Eng.Lsm.lv

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Estonia considers new restrictions, focusing on hobby activities regionally - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Estonia considers new restrictions, focusing on hobby activities regionally  bnn-news.com

35 more naturalize as Latvian citizens - Eng.Lsm.lv35 more naturalize as Latvian citizens  Eng.Lsm.lv

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government to enforce EUR 50 fine for not wearing protective masks - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvian government to enforce EUR 50 fine for not wearing protective masks  bnn-news.com

No Money, But No Beatings Either. Belarusians Describe Exile In Latvia. - Radio Free Europe / Radio LibertyNo Money, But No Beatings Either. Belarusians Describe Exile In Latvia.  Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » COVID-19 infection found for 31 officers of Latvian State Police - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » COVID-19 infection found for 31 officers of Latvian State Police  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Possible no-deal Brexit would harm UK economy more than COVID-19 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Possible no-deal Brexit would harm UK economy more than COVID-19  bnn-news.com

Latvia during covid: How success bred complacency – European Council on Foreign Relations - European Council on Foreign RelationsLatvia during covid: How success bred complacency – European Council on Foreign Relations  European Council on Foreign Relations

Latvia's got personality: volunteering leader Martinš Zeps - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia's got personality: volunteering leader Martinš Zeps  Eng.Lsm.lv

Germany Adds Latvia & Lithuania to Its List of High-Risk Countries - Removes Iceland - SchengenVisaInfo.comGermany Adds Latvia & Lithuania to Its List of High-Risk Countries - Removes Iceland  SchengenVisaInfo.com

German Digital Only Bank N26 Makes Google Pay Services Available For Austria, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands and Portugal - Crowdfund InsiderGerman Digital Only Bank N26 Makes Google Pay Services Available For Austria, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, the Netherlands and Portugal  Crowdfund Insider

Lukashenko sends national day greetings to people of Latvia - Belarus News (BelTA)Lukashenko sends national day greetings to people of Latvia  Belarus News (BelTA)

What is 'Lacplesis Day' and why do Latvians mark it? - Eng.Lsm.lvWhat is 'Lacplesis Day' and why do Latvians mark it?  Eng.Lsm.lv

Latvian sculptors cover up statues to protest tax hike - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta PostLatvian sculptors cover up statues to protest tax hike - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Windy and relatively warm weather expected in Latvia; precipitation possible too - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Windy and relatively warm weather expected in Latvia; precipitation possible too  bnn-news.com

Latvia's exports have grown due to good harvest, say experts - Eng.Lsm.lvLatvia's exports have grown due to good harvest, say experts  Eng.Lsm.lv

"Trumpism" in Latvia: is it likely? - Eng.Lsm.lv"Trumpism" in Latvia: is it likely?  Eng.Lsm.lv

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » On 106th day of Belarusian protests, several hundred protesters detained - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » On 106th day of Belarusian protests, several hundred protesters detained  bnn-news.com

Six regions in Latvia face tighter restrictions - Eng.Lsm.lvSix regions in Latvia face tighter restrictions  Eng.Lsm.lv

'MyVoice' Legislative Initiatives' Platform Joins Hands with iDenfy to Offer Legal Authorisation to Latvian citizens - MENAFN.COM'MyVoice' Legislative Initiatives' Platform Joins Hands with iDenfy to Offer Legal Authorisation to Latvian citizens  MENAFN.COM

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Committee fails to agree on additional requirements for child adoption by foreigners - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Committee fails to agree on additional requirements for child adoption by foreigners  bnn-news.com

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia diverts money to pay teachers for remote teaching amid COVID-19 - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » Latvia diverts money to pay teachers for remote teaching amid COVID-19  bnn-news.com

Latvian sweetmaker arrested for 'enslaving' Indian workers | - Macau BusinessLatvian sweetmaker arrested for 'enslaving' Indian workers |  Macau Business

News from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » PTAC: about one-third of all non-bank lenders are unable to pay license fees - bnn-news.comNews from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia » PTAC: about one-third of all non-bank lenders are unable to pay license fees  bnn-news.com

PM Karinš says state of emergency likely to last - Eng.Lsm.lvPM Karinš says state of emergency likely to last  Eng.Lsm.lv

American Latvian Association talks US new presidency - Eng.Lsm.lvAmerican Latvian Association talks US new presidency  Eng.Lsm.lv

Pet owners and vets can now talk via app - Eng.Lsm.lvPet owners and vets can now talk via app  Eng.Lsm.lv

Medics paid unevenly for work with COVID-19 patients - Eng.Lsm.lvMedics paid unevenly for work with COVID-19 patients  Eng.Lsm.lv