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LATVIA : Latvia National Anthem
Latvian National Anthem
National Anthem of Latvia
Dievs, Sreti Latviju!

  • Author: Baumanis Karlis (1835-1905)
  • Composer: Baumanis Karlis (1835-1905)
  • Adopted: 1920
  • National Day: November 18 (1918) - Independence Day
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  • Further details: The author and composer of the National Anthem of Latvia 'Dievs, sveti Latviju!' ('God bless Latvia!') was Baumanis Karlis (1835-1905). The anthem first appeared in the second half of the 19th century when the Latvian people were beginning to openly exhibit a strong sense of national pride and identity. It was first performed publicly in June 1873 at the First Song Festival in Riga. Although most Latvians did not dare to dream of a sovereign state totally independent of the Tsarist Russian Empire, the song served as a powerful catalyst for the emerging national consciousness. It was first sung as a National Anthem on November 18 1918 at the proclamation of Latvia's independence and on June 07 1920 was officially proclaimed the National Anthem of the Republic of Latvia.