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Latvia: Country on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea
Latvia, officially known as the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Eastern Europe. Since its independence, Latvia has been referred to as one of the Baltic states. It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east, Belarus to the southeast, and shares a maritime border with Sweden to the west. Latvia has 1,957,200 inhabitants and a territory of 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi). The country has a temperate seasonal climate. The Baltic Sea moderates the climate, although the country has four distinct seasons and snowy winters.


Latvia unveils statue for health workers [Video]

Latvia unveils statue for health workers

The Latvian capital Riga unveiled a 19-foot tall statue of a female doctor as a gesture of thanks to the country's medical personnel who treated COVID-19 patients.

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Germany launches tracing app as EU eyes travel revival [Video]

Germany launches tracing app as EU eyes travel revival

Germany appealed to the public on Tuesday to download a new smartphone app to help break the chain of coronavirus infections, one of several such apps that European governments hope will revive travel..

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The sauna makers turning lockdown into a success [Video]

The sauna makers turning lockdown into a success

Estonian sauna companies started to see orders flying in shortly after the coronavirus pandemic was declared, as consumers focused increasingly on their wellbeing, industry executives said on Thursday.

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Chefs across Europe are protesting lockdown rules [Video]

Chefs across Europe are protesting lockdown rules

In Latvia, Spain and France, restaurant workers are demaning help for their sector.View on euronews

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