Latvia

Latvia Famous Natives

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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B
  • Valerian Abakovskis inventor
  • Augusts Vilis Abakuks emigre activist
  • Rutanya Alda actress
  • Viktors Alksnis Soviet military officer, Russian communist politician
  • Iveta Apkalna organist
  • Vija Artmane actress
  • Gunars Astra dissident, human rights activist
  • Helmuts Balderis hockey player
  • Janis Balodis army officer, politician
  • Janis Balodis military leader, politician
  • Mikhail Baryshnikov ballet dancer, choreographer
  • Krisjanis Barons "the father of Latvian folk songs"
  • Karlis Baumanis author of the national anthem of the Republic of Latvia
  • Vizma Belsevica author
  • Krisjanis Berkis army officer
  • Eduards Berklavs politician
  • Isaiah Berlin philosopher
  • Eduard Berzin red army soldier
  • Andris Biedrins basketball player
  • Ernests Blanks publicist
  • Rudolfs Blaumanis author, journalist, playwright
  • Baiba Broka actress
  • Inguna Butane fashion model
C - F
  • Janis Cakste first Latvian president
  • Valters Caps inventor, created subminiature camera
  • Janis Dalins athlete, race walker
  • Roberts Dambitis military leader, politician
  • Emils Darzins composer
  • Jacob Davis tailor, inventor, created denim jeans
  • Eliass Eliezers Desslers rabbi, scholar, philosopher
  • Leor Dimant turntabilist, music producer
  • Anatols Dinbergs diplomat
  • Aleksis Dreimanis geologist
  • Inga Drozdova model, actress
  • Sergejs Eizensteins film director
  • Modris Eksteins historian, author
  • Andrievs Ezergailis historian of the Holocaust
  • Gregors Fitelbergs conductor, composer, violinist
  • Vesels fon Freitags-Loringhofens colonel, member of the resistance against Adolf Hitler
  • Laila Freivalds Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs
G - J
  • Gints Gabrans artist
  • Inese Galante opera singer
  • Elina Garanca opera singer
  • Karlis Goppers founder of Latvian Boy Scouts
  • Andrejs Grants photographer
  • Ernests Gulbis tennis player
  • Philippe Halsman photographer
  • Juris Hartmanis computer scientist
  • Uvis Helmanis basketball player
  • Arturs Irbe hockey player
  • Karlis Irbitis aviation inventor, engineer, designer
  • Gatis Jahovics basketball player
  • Andrejs Jansons musician, composer, conductor
  • Mariss Jansons conductor
  • Inese Jaunzeme athlete
K
  • Sandra Kalniete former Latvia's EU commissioner
  • Bruno Kalnins Saeima member, Red Army General
  • Imants Kalnins composer, politician
  • Oskars Kalpaks first commander of Latvian National Armed Forces
  • Kaspars Kambala basketball player
  • Renars Kaupers musician
  • Jekabs Ketlers Duke of the Duchy of Courland
  • Eriks Kigelis composer
  • Gustavs Klucis artist, photographer
  • Aleksandrs Kovalevskis zoologist
  • Gidon Kremer violinist, conductor
  • Mikelis Krogzems poet, author, translator
  • Juris Kronbergs writer, free-lance journalist
  • Atis Kronvalds Author, linguist, pedagogue
  • Abrams Izaks Kuks chief rabbi
  • Dainis Kula athlete, Olympic medalist
  • Alberts Kviesis former president
L
  • Vilis Lacis author, politician
  • Aleksandrs Laime explorer
  • Ed Leedskalnin sculptor
  • Marija Leiko actress
  • Jekabs Mihaels Reinholds Lencs author
  • Alexander Liepa inventor, artist
  • Maris Liepa ballet dancer
  • Jevgenija Lisicina organist
  • Nikolajs Loskis philosopher
  • Janis Lusis athlete
M - O
  • Maris Martinsons film director, producer, screenwriter
  • Juris Maters author, journalist
  • Zenta Maurina author, scholar, philosopher
  • Evgenijs Millers Russian military officer
  • Marija Naumova (Marie N) singer, songwriter
  • Andris Nelsons conductor
  • Andrievs Niedra poet, author, pastor
  • Stanislavs Olijars athlete
  • Wilhelm Ostwald chemist, Nobel laureate
  • Elvira Ozolina athlete, Olympic medalist
  • Sandis Ozolins hockey player
  • Valdemars Ozolins composer, conductor

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