Latvia Introduction 2001
SOURCE: 2001 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
After a brief period of independence between the two World Wars, Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 30% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia continues to revamp its economy for eventual integration into various Western European political and economic institutions.
NOTE: The information regarding Latvia on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Latvia Introduction 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Latvia Introduction 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.