Old map of Livonia, 1573

The Republic of Latvia was founded in 1918. It has been continuously recognised as a state by other countries since 1920 despite occupations by the Soviet Union (1940-1941, 1945-1991) and Nazi Germany (1941-1945). On August 21, 1991 Latvia declared the restoration of its de facto independence.

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Ojārs Kalnins

"NATO couldn’t have picked a more favorable setting than Riga for a Summit on
transformation, modernization and open doors. All three are already a part
of Latvia’s success story."
- Ojārs Kalnins,
Latvian Institute Director, Former Latvia's Ambassador to the U.S.