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The Political and Economic
History of Riga, Latvia

Riga is a world-class city in a small country. In the days before World War I when Latvia was part of the Russian Empire Riga was the third largest city of the Empire. Historically it has had a major industrial sector as well as trade and agricultural product processing industries.

   
The Old Part of Riga

The Latvians (or Livs ) were a people speaking a language of the Indo-European family who came into the Baltic area about 2000 BCE. The earliest trade good in northeastern Europe was amber from the Baltic Sea coast. This amber reached destinations as far south as Greece.

Here is the timeline on the history of Riga.


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