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With introduction of iron tools during the early Iron Age (500 BC – 1st cent.

Worsening economic conditions and better job opportunities in Western Europe have caused a massive Latvian emigration.

The Ice Age in Latvia ended 14,000–12,000 years ago.

Latvia's principal river Daugava, was at the head of an important trade route from the Baltic region through Russia into southern Europe and the Middle East that was used by the Vikings and later Nordic and German traders.

Under Russian control, Latvia was in the vanguard of industrialisation and the abolition of serfdom, so that by the end of the 19th century, it had become one of the most developed parts of the Russian Empire.

A local Narva culture developed in the region during the Middle Neolithic (4100 – 2900 BC).

Inhabitants of this age were Finno-Ugric peoples, forefathers of Livonians who are closely related to Estonians and Finns and belonged to Pit–Comb Ware culture.

Bronze, which was traded from foreigners because Latvia has no copper or tin, was used for making a wide variety of decorative ornaments.