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image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 April 2008
Latgalia - Latgola (in Latgalian) - Latgale (in Latvian) is
one of four cultural regions of Latvia recognized in the
constitution. It differs from the rest of Latvia in religion and
dialect (some call it a separate language) More on the subject at
<dau.lv> and at wikipedia.
The flag is dark blue with the silver griffin holding a sword. The griffin on the flag is facing to the left (hoist) while in the Coat of Arms it is in the opposite direction.
When it was in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, Latgalia was a heaven for the persecuted in Russia Old-Believers and Jews. During last stages of the Polish-Bolshevik war of 1920, Polish troops occupied the southern portion of Latgalia, but as a gesture of friendship returned it to the newly independent Latvia despite the large Polish population of the area.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 24 April 2008