Latvia

Alexis Maokhamphiou Period 9

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Latvia joined the European Union on May 1,2004. They were not one of the founders of the EU.
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Latvia was part of lots of countries/empires. During the Middle Ages, Germany ruled Latvia, in the 17th century, Sweden took over. Lastly, Russia became ruler in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then, on December 5,1918 Latvia fought for independence (War of Independence). It lasted from December 5,1918 to August 11, 1920.
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Latvia is South of Estonia, West of Russia, and North of Lithuania.
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Latvia's flag was used by Latvian Tribes in about 1280. The red represents the blood shed by a wounded Latvian Leader, and the white represents the cloth used to wrap his wounds.
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Latvia's capital is Riga, and four major cities are Daugvapils, Cesis, Liepāja, and Ventspils
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Gauja River

The Gauja River is located in Vidzeme, Latvia. It is the only large river in Latvia that begins and ends its flow, and it is 286 miles long
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Latvia's government type is Republic.
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Latvia's currency type used to be Lats (the picture above), but changed to Euros on January 1, 2014.