Flag of Latvia (GIF)


The Latvian flag is a two-color flag consisting of a red field with a white horizontal line in the middle. Red symbolizes the readiness of Latvians to sacrifice their blood for freedom and their willingness to defend their freedom. The height-to-width ratio in the flag is 1:2, and the current version of the flag was adopted on February 27, 1990.

The shield of its coat of arms includes a sun representing freedom, a red lion representing Courland and Semigallia, and a silver griffin representing Vidzeme and Latgalia. Above the shield are three golden stars, symbolizing the three historical regions of Latvia, and under the shield are oak tree branches, one of the symbols of the country.

The Latvia flag is waving on a flagpole rising from the world globe.
Latvia, officially known as the Republic of Latvia, is a sovereign state in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. Its capital is Riga, and its population is about 1,925,000.

The waving flag of Latvia with its coat of arms (unofficial)


COUNTRY PROFILE
Capital and largest city:Riga (pop. 743,000)
Other major cities:Daugavpils (112,000)
Liepāja (85,000)
Official languages:Latvian
Region:Northern Europe
Ethnic groups:62.2% Latvian
25.2% Russian
3.2% Belarusian
2.2% Ukrainian
2.1% Pole
1.2% Lithuanian
0.3% Roma
3.6% Others
Religion:34.2% Lutheranism
24.1% Roman Catholicism
17.8% Russian Orthodox
1.6% Old Believers
1.2% Other Christian
21.1% Other or none
Demonym:Latvian
Area:64,589 km²
(24,938 sq mi)
Population:1,925,000
Currency:Euro


Keywords: Flag and coat of arms of Latvia (Latvian: Latvijas karogs un ģerbonis; Russian: Флаг и герб Латвии), GIF

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