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Missionary Spotlight
September 2002
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Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Latvia   Wasthe human voice designed for speech or song?   This question helps us to focus on the central Baltic nation � Latvia, lying between Lithuania and Estonia, and recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Latvia is well known for its song festivals. In many ways its fight for survival, and re-emergence into the free world, has found fullest expression in song. It has a wealth of literature in the form of songs called dainas. A massive storehouse of 1½ million songs, many of which were collected during the 19th century, provides a unique source of Latvian ancient beliefs and customs,...

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September 2002
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Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area: 24,938 square miles. Neighbouring countries : Estonia, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. Environment : Latvia consists of fertile low-lying plains,with numerous lakes and marshes. The climate in the west is moderated by the Baltic Sea, but the eastern climate is harsher. The main river, the Daugava, runs into the Gulf of Riga. This provides hydroelectric power, although it is heavily polluted. About one third of Latvia is forested. Population : 2.3 million, with an aging and decreasing population, partly due to emigration. Infant mortality : 15 deaths per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy : men63 years, women 75 years. Ethnic groups : Latvian 57%, Russian...

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Missionary Spotlight – Russian churches in Latvia
September 2002
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Missionary Spotlight – Russian churches in Latvia

Latvia lies between Western Europe, with its mix of Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs, and Russia with its Eastern Orthodox tradition. This intermediate position is reflected in its religious makeup.   Latvia’s two largest denominations are the Evangelical Lutheran (central and western districts of Latvia) and Roman Catholic (eastern). Amongst Russians, who make up one third of Latvia’s population, Russian Orthodox and Old Believers predominate. Russian Orthodox Russian Orthodox teaching arrived as a consequence of the Russification policies of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Today this denomination has around 100,000 members in Latvia. The Orthodox Church believes that she alone is the true Church...

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Latvia
September 2000
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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Latvia

Wasthe human voice designed for speech or song?   This question helps us to focus on the central Baltic nation — Latvia, lying between Lithuania and Estonia, and recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Latvia is well known for its song festivals. In many ways its fight for survival, and re-emergence into the free world, has found fullest expression in song. It has a wealth of literature in the form of songs called dainas. A massive storehouse of 1½ million songs, many of which were collected during the 19th century, provides a unique source of Latvian ancient beliefs and customs, many of them pagan,...

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