Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

May 4
The Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia from the USSR is marked as a national public holiday in Latvia every May 4. On that date in 1990, Latvia's Supreme Court re-declared the country a free democratic parliamentary republic. Following a transitional period, full independence was attained on August 21, 1991.
Prior to World War I, present-day Latvia was divided into several provinces ruled by the Russian Empire. After the upheaval of the First World War, Latvian pro-independence forces joined together to create a provisional parliament, the Latvian People's Council. On November 18, 1918, the group proclaimed Latvia an independent and democratic republic. The country celebrates every November 18 as latvia Independence Day, a national holiday. Since 1920, Latvia has been acknowledged continuously by other countries as an independent state, despite occupations by Nazi Germany from 1941 to 1945, and by the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1941 and 1945 to 1991. After Latvia's Supreme Court re-declared the country a free republic on May 4, 1990, its de facto independence was restored on August 21, 1991.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Latvia
2306 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-328-2840; fax: 202-328-2860
www.latvia-usa.org