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And while Latvia's contraction more than quadrupled debt to about 45% of GDP, it was still less than half the debt ratio of Italy or Greece before the crisis.
This Latvian solution to a Latvian problem is one example of small-country agile autonomy that the Yes campaign sees as vital for economic growth.
The apparent, as yet incomplete success of this "hard money" approach has become the stuff of economics textbooks though the lessons are still furiously debated.
Representing the centre-right Unity Party in a three-party coalition Dombrovskis has won grudging domestic, and effusive foreign, respect for pulling off a trick that few UK politicians would dare suggest – a fiscal adjustment of 17%, far greater than that imposed on Greece.
Latvia is the country that would direct the EU response to Scottish independence in the event of a Yes vote as it would have assumed the European presidency by then.
Dombrovskis said his government was now "open for contacts, open for discussions" with Scottish representatives, while stressing Scottish independence was "an internal matter of the UK and Scotland to decide".
The European Commission projects Latvia's GDP will increase by 3.8% in 2013, compared to 5.3% growth in 2012, increasing by 4.1% in 2014, albeit from a low base.
Now that the currency question has been determined, the country's politics, albeit complicated by Russian influence, are no longer in crisis, allowing work on a new 2014-20 national development plan, considering Latvia's future competitiveness.
"One of the advantages of being a small country is you can, if you have the courage, take tough decisions and implement them.
Latvia is still far from "converging" with the bigger EU countries.
Its only significant natural resource is timber, its biggest export along with metals and chemicals – "nothing very sexy", according to Morten Hansen, head of economics at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga.
Euro adoption is presented by Dombrovskis as a symbol of how Latvia's dire problems are being steadily put right.
Although unemployment remains high at 12% and GDP is still short of its pre-crash peak (see chart), on the other hand Latvia's budget deficit this year is only 1.4% of GDP, with public debt a manageable 40% of GDP After such a humiliating ejection from the north European "arc of prosperity, how did Latvia make itself competitive again?