The Latvians are a Baltic people, culturally related to the Lithuanians. Together with the Finnic Livs, the Latvians are the indigenous people of Latvia. Latvian is an Indo-European language; it and Lithuanian are the only two surviving members of the Baltic branch. Despite subjection to foreign rule from the 13th to the 20th centuries, the Latvian nation maintained its identity throughout the generations, most notably the language, culture, and rich musical traditions. Latvia and Estonia share a long common history. Both countries are home to a large number of ethnic Russians of whom some are non-citizens. Latvia is historically predominantly Protestant Lutheran, except for the Latgalia region in the southeast, which has historically been predominantly Roman Catholic.
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