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|Date of Independence:|
|18 November 1918|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|124 of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|144 of 242 in the World|
Located in northern Europe, on the eastern side of the Baltic Sea. Latvia is bordered by Estonia to the north, Russia to the east, Belarus to the south east and Lithuania to the south. To the west lies the Baltic Sea. The whole country is a low-lying plain which doesn’t rise above 300 m (975 ft) above sea level. The total land area is 64,589 sq km (24,938 sq miles).
The Population of 2.4 million (2000 figure) comprises 52% of Latvian origin, 34% Russian, 5% Ukrainian, 5% Belorussian and 5% other ethnic groups. The capital city is Riga.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Latvia.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Latvian civil aircraft were registered in the series B-LAAA onwards 1919-1929 and then YL-AAA onwards 1929-1939. The YL-xxx series was reintroduced in 1991.
Military Air Arms
Current military air arms-
Air Force (Latvijas Gaisaspeki)
Historical military air arms-
Air Force (Latvian Aviation Regiment) [1918-1940]
Naval Aviation (Latvian Naval Aviation Division) [1923-1936]
National Guard (Aizsargu Aviacija) [1931-1940]
Military Aviation (German Luftwaffe) [1941-1945]
Central Government Agencies
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – no information
Police – no aviation branch
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
Magazines Guide for Latvia
Latvian Aviation Bibliography – to be added
(History of Latvian Aviation 1918-1940)