Latvia LV

313,111

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

16,801

Indicated decisions 2014

2.0 million

Population

1.3 million

Christians
157,000 are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Latvia
  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    None
  • Top 25 Stats

    None
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Non-religious
  • Human Development Index

    48/187
  • Internet Access

    76.45% (29th)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Baltic (59.1%, includes Latvians and Lithuanians); Slavic (38.9%, includes Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish); Other European (0.7%).
  • Common Languages

    Latvian (Lettish)
  • Economy

    This is the poorest European Union nation, but with the fastest-growing economy.
    Nation has an industrialized and privatized market economy, but with few natural resources.
  • History / Politics

    Dominated by Germans, Danes, Poles, Swedes, and Russians since the Middle Ages.
    Free from 1917-1940; Soviets conquered them and murdered or deported 20% of people.
    Independent since 1991 with multiparty state; Joined NATO and European Union in 2004.
    Soviet departure left a moral vacuum filled with alcohol, drugs, sex trade, and corruption.
  • Spirituality

    People often feel numb or hopeless and have high abortion and suicide rates.
    Nation was a deeply pagan area which was the last to be Christianized in Europe.
    About 60% belong to a church, but few practice their faith; Many turn to pagan practices.
    Churches are united to serve and have an evangelistic mission for all of Latvia.
  • Prayers

    Pray for the hopeless to come to know Christ and have real hope.
    Pray that as the economy improves that people do not become seduced by material gain.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.