Latvia: History & Timeline

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Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country and its people; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

  • Latvian National Council proclaims Latvia an independent nation.
    18 November 1918
  • New Constitution
    1922
  • PM Ulmanis Seizes Power
    1934
    Prime Minister Kārlis Ulmanis, in a coup d’état, seizes absolute power.
  • Latvia Forced to Join Soviet Union
    1940
  • Nazis Invade
    1941
  • First Anti-Soviet Demonstrations
    1986
  • Latvia Proclaims Independence from USSR
    4 May 1990
  • Soviet Union Recognizes Latvian Independence
    1991
  • Latvia Joins NATO
    2 April 2004
  • Latvia Joins European Union
    1 May 2004
  • Latvia Begins Using Euro
    1 January 2014
    The euro currency replaces Latvia’s lat.
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