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Republic of Latvia


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Area: 64,610 sq km

A fertile plain with 3,000 lakes; indented by the Gulf of Riga. The central of the three Baltic republics.

Population: 2,240,265    Annual Growth: -0.46%

Capital: Riga

Urbanites: 68.2%

HDI Rank: 48 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 34 (21% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Latvian (Lettish)    Languages: 13 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Challenges for Prayer

The general social climate has changed since independence. The Soviet departure left a moral vacuum, which many negative influences rushed to fill. EU money has also brought EU-style social problems. Alcohol, drugs, a rapidly growing sex trade, high abortion rates, the world’s fourth highest suicide rate and notable corruption in government all indicate that something is not right. Despite economic growth there is a prevalent attitude of spiritual apathy, even of hopelessness. Pray for society to awaken to this challenge and to build a nation characterized by hope and righteousness.

     For an additional 4 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Latvia.