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Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic

Latvijas Padomju Sociālistiskā Republika (Latvian)
Латвийская Советская Социалистическая Республика (Russian)
1940–1941
1944–1990/91
Flag of Latvian SSR
Flag (1953–1990)
State emblem(1940–1990) of Latvian SSR
State emblem
(1940–1990)
Anthem: Anthem of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic

Location of Latvia (red) within the Soviet Union
Location of Latvia (red) within the Soviet Union
Status Unrecognized Soviet Socialist Republic
(1940–1941, 1944–1990/91)
Capital Riga
Common languages Latvian
Russian
Government Soviet Socialist Republic
First Secretary  
• 1940–1959
Jānis Kalnbērziņš (first)
• 1990
Alfrēds Rubiks (last)
Historical era World War II · Cold War
• Soviet occupation
17 June 1940
• SSR established
21 July 1940
• Illegally annexed by USSR, Latvia continued de jure
5 August 1940
• Nazi occupation
1941–1945
• Soviet re-occupation
SSR re-established
1944/1945
• Independence restored
4 May 1990
• Independence recognized by the State Council of the Soviet Union
6 September 1991
Area
1989 64,589 km2 (24,938 sq mi)
Population
• 1989
2,666,567
Calling code 7 013
Today part of  Latvia

The Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic (Latvian SSR; Latvian: Latvijas Padomju Sociālistiskā Republika; Russian: Латвийская Советская Социалистическая Республика, Latviyskaya Sovetskaya Sotsialisticheskaya Respublika), also known as Soviet Latvia or Latvia, was part of the Soviet Union, and existed from 1918 to 1920, and from 1940 to 1990.

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