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Learn more about Latvia.
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Population: 2,306,306 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Riga
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An Introduction to Latvia
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 joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

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Map of Latvia ( Location ) : 57 00 N, 25 00 E, Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania. For additional reports and educational information specific to Latvia, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Latvian Flag
Three horizontal bands of maroon (top), white (half-width), and maroon.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Latvia.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • -0.71%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 65.91 yrs - Male
    • 76.09 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 653,900 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 1.22 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 1,760,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .lv

Did you know ... People from Latvia are called Latvians
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook