|Key: ||4090 |
|Issued: ||660 Stamps / end of 1999|
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|Area - 64,589 sq.km; Population - 2,385,000; Capital - Riga
A Republic, located off northwestern Russia, on the Baltic Sea.
Latvia's most prominent products are vehicle, agricultural machinery and textiles.
Formerly part of the Empire of RUSSIA, became independent in 1918 as a Republic.
In 1940 incorporated into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (see RUSSIA, Soviet Union).
Between 1941-1944 was occupied by Germany. It reestablished its independence in 1991
following the breakup of the Soviet Union. First stamps of Latvia, after World War I,
were printed on the backs of war maps left behind by the Germans and later on those of
unfinished banknotes due to a severe shortage in paper. Stamp issuing between 1918-1940.
For issues during World War I, see GERMAN COMMANDS. For stamps during the
German occupation in World War II, see also OSTLAND (EASTLAND) and COURLAND.
Since 1991 reissued stamps. Annual output about 25.
|L P with Russian cross between overprinted on stamps of Russia|
LATVIJA etc... overprinted on stamps of USSR
National Republic 1918-1940
Soviet Republic 1940
German Occupation 1941-1944
|100 Kapeikas = 1 Rublis
100 Santims = 1 Lat (1923)
100 Kopecks = 1 Ruble (1991)
100 Santims = 1 Lat (1993)
Russia, Soviet Union