Happy 100th Independence Day to Latvia! The nation separated from the Russian Empire following WW1 on 18 November 1918. After the nation’s formation, it was occupied again in 1940 by both Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany, and later became a soviet republic. This lasted until 1991, when Latvia peacefully gained its independence on 21 August 1991 along with Lithuania and Estonia in what is known as the Singing Revolution. Prior to the formation of Latvia, the area was part of other empires such as Poland, Sweden, and Lithuania. While the nation has become independent on two occasions, the former is celebrated.
The story of the Latvian flag is very similar to that of Austria. Legend has it that after a battle, a Latvian war leader’s clothing was soaked in blood, aside from a white bandage that had been used to dress a wound. This piece of clothing was later carried into battle as the flag of the region. This flag has been used as early as 1180, making it one of the oldest active flags in the world. It was officially adopted on 18 November 1918, the year of the nation’s original independence.
Fun fact: Latvia can have up to 20 hours of daylight in the summer.
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