Latvia is a country of low forested hills, lakes and streams. This country was once part of the Baltic Estates that break away from the Soviet Union in 1991. The Latvians (or Letts) had known centuries of rule by Germans, Poles, Swedes, and Russians. Latvia was independent from 1918 until 1940, when it became part of the Soviet Union. During the years of Communism, many Latvians (like other Baltic Estate nationals) were sent to labor camps in Siberia.
The Latvian people also have a distinct culture. Their language is one of the oldest in Europe, and singing in choirs is a highly popular...More