Latvia Cultural Groups
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In 1935, 75.5% of the population was ethnic Latvian. After the Soviet Union occupied the country in 1944 there was an influx of Russians. In 2002 there were approximately 2.4 million inhabitants. Of these 52% were ethnic Latvians, 34% Russians, 5% Belarussians, 3% Ukrainians, 2% Poles, 4% Other. Almost 50% of the population lives in the vicinity of the capital city of Riga. Other large cities include Daugavpils, Liepja, and Jelgava. The dominant religions are Lutheran, Catholic, Orthodox, Old Believer, and Baptist.
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- The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Latvia,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1995-2002.