Pray for: Latvia

Flag for Latvia

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Riga
Population: 1,810,240
% Urban: 68.4 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 16.3 %
Official Language: Latvian (Lettish)
Languages: 13
Literacy Rate: 99 %
Life Expectancy: 73.6 yrs (115/236)
HDI Ranking: 39 / 189
% Christian: 60 %
% Evangelical: 7 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 60 %
People Groups: 21
Least Reached People Groups: 4
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Latvia

Tier: 1

Type: country

After decades of Communism, the Soviet Union’s collapse left a moral vacuum in Latvia which was quickly filled by opportunistic negative influences. Drug and alchohol abuse, a widespread sex trade, and high rates of abortion and suicide all point to significant needs. People often feel numb or even helpless. Latvia has done relatively well from a technology and development perspective, but needs prayer for the deeper and eternal needs of its people.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.