LATVIA





Republic of Latvia Latvijas Republika

CAPITAL : Riga

FLAG : The flag consists of a single white horizontal stripe on a maroon field.

ANTHEM : Dievs, sveti Latviju! (God bless Latvia!)

MONETARY UNIT : The lat was introduced as the official currency in May 1993; $1 = Ls0.57; as of May 2003.

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES : The metric system is in force.

HOLIDAYS : New Year's Day, 1 January; Good Friday (movable); Midsummer Festival, 23–24 June; National Day, Proclamation of the Republic, 18 November; Christmas, 25–26 December; New Year's Eve, 31 December.

TIME : 2 PM = noon GMT.


TOPOGRAPHY

The topography of Latvia consists mainly of a lowland plain with a few areas of uplands consisting of moderate-sized hills.

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Latvia was admitted to the UN on 17 September 1991. The country is a member of EBRD, ECE, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, the IMF, OSCE, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WHO, WIPO, and the WTO. Latvia was formally invited to join the EU and NATO in 2002, with accession to each body planned for 2004. It is not a member of the CIS.

FISHING

The total catch in 2000 was 136,403 tons, down from 416,197 tons in 1991. Nearly all the landings are from marine fishing. Principal species include sprat, herring, sardines, cod, and mackerel. Fish packing is an important industry in Latvia; in 2000, fisheries exports amounted to nearly $33 million.

FAMOUS LATVIANS

Guntis Ulmanis has been president of Latvia since July 1993, and was reelected in 1996. Turis Alumans was Latvia's first poet. He started a school of poetry that produced the poets Krisjanis Barons (1823–1923) and Atis Kronvalds in the 19th century. Romantic literature in the 20th century was symbolized by Janis Rainis's Fire and Night .

DEPENDENCIES

Latvia has no territories or colonies.

Read about the Culture of Latvia. More about Latvia's Culture.

Read about the Geography of Latvia.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Dreifelds, Juris. Latvia in Transition . New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Eglitis, Daina Stukuls. Imagining the Nation: History, Modernity, and Revolution in Latvia. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania: Country Studies . Washington, D.C.: Department of the Army, 1996.

Human Rights and Democratization in Latvia . Washington, D.C.: The Commission, 1993.

Karklins, Rasma. Ethnopolitics and Transition to Democracy: the Collapse of the USSR and Latvia. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

Latvia. Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund, 1992.

Latvia: The Transition to a Market Economy. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, 1993.

McElrath, Karen (ed.). HIV and AIDS: A Global View. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Plakans, Andrejs. The Latvians: A Short History . Stanford, Calif.: Hoover Institution Press, Stanford University, 1995.

Shafir, Gershon. Immigrants and Nationalists: Ethnic Conflict and Accommodation in Catalonia, the Basque Country, Latvia, and Estonia . Albany: State University of New York, 1995.

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May 25, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Not corrext: Turis Alumans was Latvia's first poet.

Must be; Juris Alunans was ...

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