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A country in northeastern Europe, Latvia, one of the so-called Baltic States, borders Estonia in the north, Russia in the east, Belarus in the southeast and Lithuania in the south and is bathed in the west. , by the Baltic Sea. It covers an area of ​​64 589 km2. The most important cities are Riga, the capital, with 687 700 inhabitants (2004) and 857 000 in its metropolitan area, Daugavpils (110 700 inhab.), Liepaja (80 100 inhab.), Jelgava (54 500 inhab.) And Jurmala (50 800 inhab.).

The climate is of the continental temperate type of transition, suffers some influence from the western winds in the winter and registers precipitation in the summer.

Economy
Agriculture produces potatoes, barley, wheat, beets, vegetables and fruits. In terms of natural resources, peat extraction stands out. The metallurgical sector is particularly relevant in the industry. Radio receivers, scientific instruments, refrigerators, washing machines, motorcycle engines, ships, motor vehicles, generators, agricultural instruments, textiles and footwear are also produced. Latvia's main trading partners are Russia, Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Environmental indicator: the value of carbon dioxide emissions, per capita(metric tons, 1999), is 2.8.

Population
The population of Latvia is estimated at 2,274,735 inhabitants (2006), which corresponds to a density of approximately 35.46 inhab./km2. The birth and death rates are, respectively, 9.24% and 13.66%. Average life expectancy is 71.33 years. The value of the Human Development Index (HDI) is 0.811 and the value of the Gender-adjusted Development Index (IDG) is 0.810 (2001). It is estimated that, by 2025, the population will decrease to 2,086,000 inhabitants. The main ethnic groups are Latvian (57.7%), Russian (29.6%), Belarusian (4.1%), Ukrainian (2.7%) and others (5.9%). Protestantism (17%) and Catholicism (15%) are the main religions. The official language is Latvian.

History
Between the 13th and 16th centuries, knights of the Teutonic Order dominated Latvia. From the 16th century, the country was divided between Poland and Sweden. But at the end of the 18th century, the entire territory was annexed by Russia. After the Russian Revolution in 1917, Latvia declared independence. After a period of conflict, the new nation was recognized by the Soviet Union and Germany in 1920. Until 1934, when the dictatorship was established, independent Latvia was governed by several democratic coalitions. In 1939, the country was forced to accept the installation of Soviet military bases in its territory and, in the following year, the Soviet Red Army occupied the country, which became part of the Soviet Union. The Nazi army occupied Latvia between 1941 and 1944, the year in which the Red Army again took over Lithuania.

When Mikhail Gorbachev began to liberalize the Soviet regime in the mid-1980s, Latvian nationalist sentiment resurfaced. As a result, in 1991, the country became independent from the Soviet Union.
Latvia formally joined the European Union on 1 May 2004 at a ceremony held in Dublin.

 
Maps of Latvia
  • Countryaah.com:  Offers a full list of airports in the country of Latvia, sorted by city location and acronyms.
  • Digopaul.com: presents formal definitions of English word - Latvia. Covers U.K. and U.S. pronunciations, popular web meanings, various word forms, and related pictures about Latvia.
  • Abbreviationfinder.org: Provides most commonly used abbreviations and initials containing the country name of Latvia. Listed by popularity.
 
1UpTravel.com - Maps of Latvia
Browse a collection of city, country, political, shaded relief and historical maps of this European country. Check out the maps of Riga, Baltic lands and Baltic sea area.
http://www.1uptravel.com/worldmaps/latvia.html

Expedia.com - Latvia Map
Discover an interactive map that allows users to more closely explore a chosen region. Includes vital country travel facts.
http://maps.expedia.com/pub/agent.dll?qscr=mrdr&lats1=56.843

Latvia - Atlapedia Online
Presents two detailed, clear maps of this country, plus a good variety of nationwide facts and figures.
http://www.atlapedia.com/online/countries/latvia.htm

Latvia - Merriam-Webster Altas
Provides a well-detailed map of this European country, plus a set of diagrams, country facts and a historical overview.
http://www.m-w.com/maps/latvia.html

Latvia - National Geographic
Provides a map of this tiny Baltic nation, along with short geographic, political and historical overviews.
http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/index.html?i

Latvia - Rec.org Map
Access this graphical map to locate key populated areas, land features and bordering countries.
http://www.rec.org/REC/Maps/lat_map.html

Latvia - University of Texas Library
Offers political and relief maps from the CIA. Look at the country, its cities and regions, and a historical view.
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/latvia.htm

Latvia - Worldaltas.com
Compact atlas of this former Soviet Union satellite offers quick facts, country details and perspective maps.
http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/europe/lv.htm
 
 
 
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