Pronunciation: (lat'vē-u, lät'-), [key]
a republic in N Europe, on the Baltic, S of Estonia, an independent state 1918–40; annexed by the Soviet Union 1940; regained independence 1991. 2,681,000; 25,395 sq. mi. (63,700 sq. km). Cap.: Riga. Latvian, Lat•vi•ja Pronunciation: (lät'vi-yä"). [key]
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