from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of north-central Europe on the Baltic Sea. The original inhabitants, the Letts, were conquered and Christianized in the 13th century by German knights, the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, who ruled the area until 1561, when it passed to Poland. Under Russian control from the 18th century, Latvia became independent after World War I but was annexed in 1940 by the USSR and known as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic until it declared its independence in 1990. Riga is the capital. Population: 2,260,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country in North Eastern Europe. Official name: Republic of Latvia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a republic in northeastern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea
Sorry, no etymologies found.
LATVIA: Gay Pride events in Riga, Latvia over the past two years have been interrupted by violent protests and bans by the authorities.
Latvia200 sq km note: land in Latvia is often too wet, and in need of drainage, not irrigation; approximately 16,000 sq km or 85% of agricultural land has been improved by drainage (2003)
But it’s worth pointing out, as Paul Krugman does, that what’s unfolding in Latvia is a genuine disaster in terms of human welfare.
It looks pretty clear from the graph that Latvia is only the second worst economic collapse ever.
The authors also point out that widespread apprehension that Latvia is going to abandon the peg is part of the problem now.
Latvia is merely the start of a world wide first world debt crisis.
Latvia is experiencing a dramatic contraction that the IMF likens to an “internal devaluation” In other words Latvia has a lot less money to import stuff and a deflation in its domestic goods and services.
Latvia is a newer, smaller country trying to qualify for Euro membership.
Opposition party Harmony Center, heavily backed by the Russian-speaking minority in Latvia, won 25.72%.
A bunch of latvian racist would vote to secede, and we have responsibility to our Russian fellow citizens in Latvia – they have guarantees based on Russian citizenship – that we cannot abandon to the ravages of an independent Latvia.
Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.