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From Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium
Latvia (Latvian: Latvija), officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in Northern Europe. It borders Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, and Russia and Belarus to the east. It is separated from Sweden by the Baltic Sea in the west. The capital of Latvia is Riga.
Latvia has been a member state of the European Union since May 1, 2004.