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.
The Eurasian lynx, vital to the health of forests, is protected in the EU. And though lynx may be hunted in Latvia, conservationists are sounding the alarm since accurate numbers for the wild cat population there are not clear. The hunting lobby seems to be exerting undue influence over species management in Latvia. DW hears from all sides, including hunters — while they shoot down an elk.
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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.
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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.