The second most spoken language in Latvia is Russian. 37% of Latvian citizens are native Russian speakers. Russian is the first language legally used in workplaces.
The first impact on Latvia is language.
25.4% of Latvia's population is Russian. Latvia is host to one of the largest ethnic Russian communities in the European Union and NATO. 25% of all Latvians have Russian lineage.
The second impact on Latvia is population.
The third impact on Latvia is government.
Latvia uses the same legal system as Russian, the civil law system. Russia's economic footprint in Latvia is 16%. Latvia uses the same citizenship laws as Russia.
The majority of the religion in Latvia have Russian background. The second most practiced religion in Latvia is Russian Orthodox. Religious practices are slowly coming back in Latvia after being banned under Soviet Rule.
The fourth impact on Latvia is religion.
Much of Latvia's culture was lost when it was banned during Soviet rule. Latvia struggles to preserve its language, folklore, and customs. Latvia lacks female leadership due to Soviets imposing gender equality.