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Famous Latvians

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.

P - R

  • Karlis Padegs artist
  • Marian Pahars footballer
  • Raimonds Pauls composer, pianist
  • Jekabs Peters Soviet Cheka leader
  • Andris Piebalgs politician, diplomat
  • Janis Plieksans author, poet
  • Juris Podnieks film director, producer
  • Nicolai Poliakoff creator of coco the clown
  • Sandis Prusis bobsledder
  • Janis Pujats cardinal
  • Andrejs Pumpurs poet, author
  • Fricis Rokpelnis author
  • Mark Rothko artist
  • Elza Rozenberga poet, playwright
  • Juris Rubenis pastor
  • Martins Rubenis luger, Olympic medalist
  • Inta Ruka photographer
S
  • Viktors Scerbatihs weightlifter
  • Uljana Semjonova basketball player
  • Haralds Silovs speed skater
  • Pauls Simanis journalist, politician, activist
  • Vestards Simkus pianist
  • Andris Skele politician, former prime minister
  • Armands Skele basketball player
  • Baiba Skride violinist
  • Eduards Smilgis theater director
  • Raimonds Staprans artist, playwright
  • Isaks Nahmans Steinbergs politician, lawyer, author
  • Johann Steinhauer civil rights activist
  • Lina Stern biologist, social activist
  • Henrijs Stolovs stamp dealer
  • Janis Streics film director, screenwriter, actor
  • Maris Strombergs cyclist, Olympic medalist
  • Peteris Stucka author, editor, jurist, educator
  • Stanislavs Svianievics economist, historian
T - U
  • Janis Roberts Tilbergs Bartist sculptor
  • Aloizs Tumins boxer
  • Guntis Ulmanis former president
  • Karlis Ulmanis former prime minister
  • Juris Upatnieks physicist
V - Z
  • Romans Vainsteins cyclist
  • Krisjanis Valdemars author, economist, educator
  • Pauls Valdens chemist
  • Mikelis Valters politician, journalist, diplomat
  • Valdis Valters basketball player
  • Aleksandrs Vanags footballer
  • Janis Vanags archbishop
  • Julijs Vanags author, translator
  • Alex Vanags-Baginskis aviation author, editor
  • Peteris Vasks composer
  • Maris Verpakovskis footballer
  • Igors Vihrovs gymnast, Olympic medalist
  • Edvarts Virza author
  • Vaira Vike-Freiberga former president
  • Jazeps Vitols composer
  • Karlis Zale sculptor, author
  • Friedrich Zander designed first liquid-fueled rocket
  • Karlis Zarins (Charles Zarine) diplomat
  • Rihards Zarins artist
  • Valdis Zatlers president
  • Gustavs Zemgals former president
  • Imants Zemzaris composer
  • Imants Ziedonis poet, folklorist
  • Sergejs Zoltoks hockey player
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.