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Latvia and the World

Happy Latvian Independence Day!

What have you done today to show your appreciation for Latvia? Sang a song, made some traditional Latvian food, attended a Latvian celebration of some kind?

Something that anyone can do to celebrate Latvia today is to tell people about our country. We may be small, but that doesn’t mean we should be [...]

24th Anniversary of the Baltic Way

Twenty-four years ago today, on August 23rd, 1989, the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian people united in a show of Baltic unity not seen in history. Millions of people joined hands from Tallinn (Estonia), through the Estonian and Latvian countryside to Rīga (Latvia), and the through the Latvian and Lithuanian countryside to Vilnius (Lithuania). This date [...]

Remembering June 14, 1941

June 14, 1941 was the day when thousands of Latvians, Estonians and Lithuanians were deported to Siberia by the occupying Soviet forces. You can see posts I’ve made in other years here, here and here.

I’ll be honest. I struggle with what to say on days like this. Part of me asks “How can something like [...]

Happy 94th Birthday Latvia!

On November 18th, 1918, the Republic of Latvia was officially proclaimed by the Latvian Provisional Government in the space that is now the National Theatre in Rīga.

There was still a fight to retain the independence of this new republic, and it is important that we do not forget that. I only learned about the Latvian [...]

June 14, 1941

My apologies – this post should have been up yesterday, but my Internet provider had an outage, so thus this post comes to you today.

June 14, 1941 is a day that remains emblazoned on the Latvian psyche – this is the day when thousands of our countrymen and women were deported to Siberia, along with [...]