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Air and water pollution are two of the largest concerns in Latvia, in large part because of the severe lack of appropriate waste treatment facilities.1 Industrial carbon monoxide also contributes heavily to air pollution.2 Additionally, Latviaâ's water supply is plagued by pollution from agricultural chemicals and industrial waste.3 Sewage is often not treated before it is disposed of in rivers and groundwater.4 Unlike many countries on the European continent, climate change mitigation measures are not a high priority for the Latvian government.5

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1 http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Europe/Latvia-ENVIRONMENT.html
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 Ibid
5 http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/g-gas/progress/docs/lv_2013_en.pdf
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Latvia News

RT 
More than 3500 troops from countries ranging from Albania to the US, UK, and Germany are taking part in Latvia's two-week NATO Silver Arrow drills. See more..
Telecompaper 
Mobile operator Tele2 Latvia has deployed its first 5G-ready base stations. The Nokia AirScale Radio Access equipment has been installed on base stations in the settlements of Ziepniekkalns and Talsi. The equipment will be ready to provide broadband at ... See more..
Bloomberg 
French President Emmanuel Macron's push for a streamlined European Union hit another obstacle, as a small ex-communist euro country, Latvia, objected to ... See more..
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Washington Post 
HELSINKI — Baltic news agency says a civilian helicopter has crashed in Latvia during a local car rally, killing one person and injuring three. The Baltic News Service agency said Sunday that the crash took place in the Priekule region in southwestern ... See more..
PaymentsCompliance (blog) 
The Ministry of Justice has introduced a draft law, the Law on Personal Data Processing, which will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Latvia. The GDPR aligns existing principles for the protection of personal data by ... See more..
The Baltic Course 
Latvia has to make use of the situation - the steeply increasing container freight amounts and the infrastructure not improving as fast, Berzins emphasized. "As a result, the route that goes through Brest, traveled by 5,000 trains annually, has in fact ... See more..
Scottish Daily Record 
Goals from Oliver Burke and Oliver McBurnie help move Scott Gemill's side up to second place in the group behind England. See more..
The Baltic Course 
Although the market for counterfeit and contraband cigarettes in Estonia has contracted to 13.3% of total consumption, cross-border flows from Latvia are increasing, a survey by KPMG indicates, cites LETA/BNS. See more..
The Baltic Course 
Elko Group, a distributor of IT products and solutions, was the largest IT and computer technology company in Latvia last year when the company turned over ... See more..
Washington Post 
BRUSSELS — Latvia's intelligence services are examining a partial disruption of the nation's cellular network and emergency-services hotline that may have been a fresh example of Russia's electronic-warfare capabilities, Latvian and NATO officials said. See more..
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Geography

Eastern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, between Estonia and Lithuania
Area

Total 64,589 sq km
Land 62,249 sq km
Water 2,340 sq km

Climate

maritime; wet, moderate winters
Natural Resources

peat, limestone, dolomite, amber, hydropower, timber, arable land ;
Natural Hazards

NA
Current Environmental Issues

Latvia's environment has benefited from a shift to service industries after the country regained independence; the main environmental priorities are improvement of drinking water quality and sewage system, household, and hazardous waste management, as well as reduction of air pollution; in 2001, Latvia closed the EU accession negotiation chapter on environment committing to full enforcement of EU environmental directives by 2010

Demographics

Nationality
Latvian
Population
2,178,443 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Latvia is a small, open economy with exports contributing nearly a third of GDP. Due to its geographical location, transit services are highly-developed, along with timber and wood-processing, agriculture and food products, and manufacturing of machinery and electronics industries. Corruption continues to be an impediment to attracting foreign direct investment and Latvia's low birth rate and decreasing population are major challenges to its long-term economic vitality. Latvia's economy experienced GDP growth of more than 10% per year during 2006-07, but entered a severe recession in 2008 as a result of an unsustainable current account deficit and large debt exposure amid ...See More the softening world economy. Triggered by the collapse of the second largest bank, GDP plunged 18% in 2009. The economy has not returned to pre-crisis levels despite strong growth, especially in the export sector in 2011-12. The IMF, EU, and other international donors provided substantial financial assistance to Latvia as part of an agreement to defend the currency''s peg to the euro in exchange for the government''s commitment to stringent austerity measures. The IMF/EU program successfully concluded in December 2011. The government of Prime Minister Valdis DOMBROVSKIS remained committed to fiscal prudence and reducing the fiscal deficit from 7.7% of GDP in 2010, to 2.7% of GDP in 2012. The majority of companies, banks, and real estate have been privatized, although the state still holds sizable stakes in a few large enterprises, including 99.8% ownership of the Latvian national airline. Latvia officially joined the World Trade Organization in February 1999 and the EU in May 2004. Latvia intends to join the euro zone in 2014. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$37.88 billion (2012 est.); $35.88 billion (2011 est.); $34.02 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

25.2% of GDP (2012 est.); 25.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 22.9% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grain, rapeseed, potatoes, vegetables; pork, poultry, milk, eggs; fish
Industries

processed foods, processed wood products, textiles, processed metals, pharmaceuticals, railroad cars, synthetic fibers, electronics