People in Riga, Latvia. Editorial credit: Aleksandrs Muiznieks / Shutterstock.com

Latvia

Latvia is a multiparty democracy whose elections are regarded as free and fair. Civil liberties are generally respected in law and in practice. However, corruption remains a major problem affecting politics, the judiciary, and the wider criminal justice system. The country’s ethnic Russian population faces disadvantages in matters such as education and employment.

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Freedom in the World — Latvia Country Report

Latvia is rated Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

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Nations in Transit — Latvia Country Report

Categorized as a Consolidated Democracy, Latvia receives a Democracy Percentage of 80 out of 100 in the Nations in Transit 2021 report.