U.S. Embassy Riga, Latvia
From 1922 to 1930, a single U.S. Diplomatic Mission represented the United States in the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. In the 1930s diplomatic legations were established in all three nations, but the American Legation in Latvia closed in 1940 when the Soviet Union overran the Baltic states. Throughout the Cold War the United States never accepted the legitimacy of the Soviet occupation and continued to recognize the Latvian Embassy in the United States. In 1991 the United States officially acknowledged Latvia’s independence from the defunct Soviet Union and established a new embassy in Riga. Construction on a new embassy compound was completed in 2011. Since regaining its independence, Latvia has embraced democracy and the principles of an open market. It embodies the success and potential of the shared vision of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. As a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union, Latvia has used the knowledge it gained from political and economic reforms undertaken for accession to help others achieve security, stability, and greater prosperity. The United States provides a limited amount of military assistance to Latvia. Today, the U.S. embassy is in Riga. For more information on our relationship with Latvia, please click here.
United States Department of State, Office of the Historian and Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.