Latvia is a democratic Baltic country in the crossroads of Central and Northern Europe, a part of both the European Union and NATO. It borders the Baltic Sea to the west, Estonia to the north, Russia to the east, Belarus to the southeast and Lithuania to the south.
Latvia gained its independence from the Russian Empire after World War I, and then was occupied during World War II in turn by the USSR, Nazi Germany, and USSR. It regained its independence in 1991.
The Latvian economy grew impressively early in the first decade of the 21st Century but suffered during the crisis of 2007-2009 onwards. Unemployment was over 16% in 2012. 
Most in this country identify themselves as Christian. About 1/3 of the population is Lutheran, while 24% are Roman Catholic. Atheists and Agnostics count for about 20% of the population. 
- On September 11 2015 (The Fourteenth Anniversary) it was reported that if Latvia were to take in 776 refugees then it would cost them at least 2.8 Million Euros.
- ↑ Economic contraction in Latvia
- ↑ 776 refugees would cost Latvia 2.8 million euros