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More interesting facts on Latvia
- the Indrikis chronicles are the oldest written history of Latvia and Estonia?
- the Satversme is intended to hold together all other laws in Latvia?
- the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area in northern British Columbia is 6.4 million hectares; about the size of Latvia?
- the Freedom Monument (pictured) in Riga, Latvia, features a woman lifting three stars, the emblem of a united Latvia?
- the first stone building in Latvia was a church and a fortress of Ikšķile built by missionary Saint Meinhard in 1185–1186?
- the final results of the 1940 elections to the People's Parliaments in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were published in London before the voting booths closed?
- the pored mushroom Gyrodon lividus (pictured) has been found associated with alder trees in such diverse places as California, Latvia, and Japan?
- on July 1, 2009, Nils Ušakovs became the first Russian mayor of Riga since Latvia's restoration of sovereignty in 1991?
- Latvian composer Jāzeps Vītols was a professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory (pictured), where he taught Nikolai Myaskovsky and Sergei Prokofiev?
- "My Star" was the first song that Latvia entered into the Eurovision Song Contest, making them the last of the Baltic states to debut at Eurovision?
- Ronald McDonald's costume and make-up were created in 1966 by Latvian-born clown Michael Polakovs, better known as Coco the Clown?
- Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral (pictured), the main and biggest Orthodox church in Latvia, can receive 5,000 visitors?
- at least 3,000 Vendel Age burial mounds in Grobiņa, Latvia indicate the existence of a prosperous Viking colony there?
- "Dziesma Par Laimi" is the only Latvian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest to be performed in Latvian?
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