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Latvia. The Republic of Latvia is a country in Northern Europe. Latvia has land borders with its two fellow Baltic states — Estonia to the north and Lithuania to the south — and Russia and Belarus to the east. .

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Latvia


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The Republic of Latvia is a country in Northern Europe. Latvia has land borders with its two fellow Baltic states — Estonia to the north and Lithuania to the south — and Russia and Belarus to the east.


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  • On September 20, 2003, in a nationwide referendum 66.9% of the participants voted in favour of joining the European Union. Latvia became a full-fledged member of the European Union on May 1, 2004. Latvia is a NATO member since March 29, 2004.


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More than 2.3 million people live in Latvia. The official language is Lettish, while Russian, Lithuanian, and other languages are also spoken. Ethnically, the population is composed of Latvians (57%), Russians (30%), Belorussians (4%), Ukrainians (3%), Polish (3%), and other (3%). The major religious groups in Latvia include Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Russian Orthodox


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