Latvia: History

  1. 1918

    The Latvian National Council declares Latvia an independent state, and a civil war in the county breaks out.

  2. 1920

    A peace treaty with Soviet Russia ends the civil war in the country.

  3. 1940

    Latvia is invaded by Soviet troops, leading to Latvia being integrated into the Soviet Union.

  4. 1991

    Full independence is gained and Latvia is admitted to the United Nations.

  5. 1995

    The Council of Europe admits Latvia into the international organization.

  6. 2004

    Latvia is admitted to NATO and is one of 10 new states to join the European Union.

  7. 2014

    Latvia joins the Eurozone on January 1. Its currency switches from the Lats to the Euro.


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