Latvia is a country located in the Baltic region of northern Europe, bordered by Estonia, Russia, Lithuania and Belarus. Its capital and largest city is Riga.
Latvia is one of three Baltic states. The official language is Latvian. Long a part of the Russian Empire, it delcared independence in 1918. Following World War II it was annexed by the Soviet Union to form the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic. It regained independence in 1991. This page collates all of DW's content on Latvia.
Since joining the European Union in 2004, Latvia - one of the Baltic states - has lost one fifth of its population. Economic migration has been the biggest factor behind this decline. Demographers are warning that unless the government takes specific steps to tackle the problem, the exodus will continue. Ģederts Ģelzis reports.
Britain ramps up preparations for a no-deal Brexit – Boris Johnson tours Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - Latvia's shrinking population – Rebranding North Macedonia – Berlin rents go through the roof – ‘Burqa ban’ in the Netherlands – Mass graves spark protests in Belarus – Science, art and climate change in Venice
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Latvia is about to introduce the EU directive on firearms which tightens gun control in Europe after it suffered a number of terrorist attacks in recent years. The country's lawmakers are in fact keen to soften its own national laws on the use of firearms. They want to allow sixteen-year-olds to use shotguns in hunting. But as Gederts Gelzis reports from Riga, there are many who oppose the idea.
Irish concerns over Brexit deal - Could Russia and Ukraine's naval standoff escalate to a war? - Making Waves for refugees in Berlin – Yellow Vest protests over fuel tax hikes in France - Dutch rail to pay compensation for transporting Jews to Nazi death camps – Latvia to publish files on KGB agents – ‘Black Pete sparks protests in the Netherlands – Greek kids pay the price for austerity.
27 years after regaining independence, Latvia is to start publishing online, files of former agents who worked for the KGB, the Soviet secret police. The agents were informants, mostly ordinary people, who secretly snooped on their fellow countrymen and women. But some fear that publishing the previously confidential KGB files will cause a rift between Latvians. From Riga, Ģederts Ģelzis reports.