World Federation of Free Latvians

The World Federation of Free Latvians (PBLA) is the international umbrella organization of Latvian central organizations comprising the American Latvian Association, the European Latvian Association, the Latvian Federation of Australia and New Zealand, the Latvian National Federation in Canada, the South American and Caribbean Latvian Association, and the Russian Latvian Congress.

The main mission of the PBLA is to unite Latvians in their efforts to strengthen Latvia’s independence and promote Latvia’s development in the democratic, cultural, and economic spheres; support Latvian communities internationally, and facilitate connections among Latvians around the world.

PBLA activities are funded by voluntary contributions to the individual member organizations of the World Federation of Free Latvians, as well as the Latvian Freedom Fund.

The PBLA Educational Council was established in 1976, with the aim of promoting and coordinating Latvian education outside Latvia. The PBLA Cultural Fund was founded in 1972, to support the safeguarding and development of Latvian culture (including Latvian educational activities) in Latvian communities abroad.

The PBLA has offices in Rockville, Maryland and Rīga, Latvia.

PBLA website (in Latvian)