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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

CBC.ca 
Latvia's foreign minister is warning that his country and Canada need to be prepared to "immediately counter" smear campaigns and fake news from the moment ... See more..
Voice of America 
Russia justified its 2014 annexation of Crimea, and ongoing support for rebels in east Ukraine, by claiming ethnic Russians there were threatened by nationalists and faced discrimination. But while Russian rhetoric, frequent military drills, and the ... See more..
CBC.ca 
Canadian military planners are grappling with how much intelligence they can share with allies deployed with them in Latvia this summer. The other NATO ... See more..
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NBCNews.com 
On the shifting frontier between East and West, the Latvian town of Rezekne has served as history's battleground for at least 1000 years. See more..
Baltic Times 
RIGA - Latvia's property tax is unfriendliest among the Baltic states, BDO Latvija audit company concluded. BDO Latvia partner and tax consultant Janis ... See more..
Baltic Times 
RIGA - Marats Kasems who has been expelled from Latvia's pro-Russia Harmony party and has joined For Independent Latvia party founded by Janis Kuzins, has participated in a meeting of the Russian State Duma compatriots affairs committee and ... See more..
Shephard Media 
Latvia has reaffirmed its commitment to meet NATO defence spending targets by next year but will not follow other allies in bringing back conscription, the country's top defence civil servant has said. The small Baltic state – which is currently at the ... See more..
Radio Canada International 
Canada is about to send some 450 troops to Latvia to lead an international battle-group of about 1,500. The force is to act as a deterrent to any potential Russian military action there. This will start in June.and will be made created with additional ... See more..
Novinite.com 
British banks were also a part of the large-scale Russian operation for money laundering through Moldova and Latvia in the period 2010 – 2014, showed data from an international investigation, cited by The Guardian. The operation was conducted by ... See more..
Belarus News (BelTA) 
The parties will discuss a number of topical matters of bilateral cooperation and review the results of 2016 in terms of the transportation of passengers and cargo between Belarus and Latvia. They will consider ways to strengthen the relations, improve ... 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