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Who tossed on the first tinsel? Two Baltic capitals disagree

Riga and Tallinn, capitals of Latvia and Estonia, have waged a feud over which was the site of the world's first decorated Christmas trees

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"I didn't know Latvia had any claim to the first Christmas tree." - Hannes Hanso, chairman of the Estonian Parliament's defence committee

Riga, Latvia

IN the Baltics, there may be no war on Christmas but there's a pretty prickly one over the tree. For six successive seasons, Riga and Tallinn - the capitals of Latvia and Estonia - have waged a feud over which was the site of the world's first decorated Christmas tree. Riga

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