Territory in north central Europe, ruled since 1990 by the Latvijas Republika


Latvia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia (Latvian: Latvijas Republika), is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is bordered to the north by Estonia (border length 343 km), to the south by Lithuania (588 km), to the east by the Russian Federation (276 km), to the southeast by Belarus (141 km), and shares maritime borders to the west with Sweden. With 2,067,887 inhabitants and a territory of 64,589 km² it is one of the least populous and least densely populated countries of the European Union. The capital of Latvia is Riga. The official language is Latvian and the currency is called Lats (Ls). The country has a temperate seasonal climate. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 8.24, Rank: 24, Personal Freedom: 8.90, Economic Freedom: 7.57, Democracy Index: 4.8
Latvia | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 86, Political Rights: 2, Civil Liberties: 2
"In December 2015, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of the Unity party resigned, following serious internal strife among the parties that comprised Latvia's governing coalition. At the year's end, the governing parties had not nominated a new prime minister. Separately, in June the Latvian parliament elected a new president, Raimonds Vējonis, of the Union of Greens and Farmers (ZZS). He previously served as defense minister and environment minister."
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.57, Rank: 27