Latvia–United States relations

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Latvia – United States relations
Map indicating locations of Latvia and USA


United States
Embassy of Latvia in Washington, D.C.

Latvia–United States relations are bilateral relations between Latvia and the United States.


The United States established diplomatic relations with Latvia on July 28, 1922. The U.S. Legation in Riga was officially established on November 13, 1922, and served as the headquarters for U.S. representation in the Baltics during the interwar era. The Soviet invasion forced the closure of the legation on September 5, 1940, but Latvian representation in the United States has continued uninterrupted for 85 years. The United States never recognized the forcible incorporation of Latvia into the U.S.S.R. and views the present government of Latvia as a legal continuation of the interwar republic.

Current status[edit]

Latvia and the United States have signed treaties on investment, trade, intellectual property protection, extradition, mutual legal assistance, and avoidance of double taxation. Latvia has enjoyed most-favored-nation treatment with the United States since December 1991.

According to the 2012 U.S. Global Leadership Report, 30% of Latvians approve of U.S. leadership, with 30% disapproving and 39% uncertain.[1]

Principal U.S. Embassy Officials include:

  • Ambassador— Nancy Bikoff Pettit
  • Deputy Chief of Mission— Sharon Hudson-Dean

The U.S. Embassy in Latvia is located in Riga.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Department of State website (Background Notes).

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