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About Latvia

Latviais situated in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. It is a country full of ancient history and traditions. Latvia is considered to be one huge natural park consisting of a rich wildlife, beautiful green dense forests, breathtaking rivers, white sandy shores and moderate hills. Latvia is an excellent country for travelers to discover nature in many ways.

 

Interesting facts about Latvia

  • Latvia borders with the following 4 countries: Estonia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus.
  • Latvia is a country rich with natural attractions. One very famous place, well known as the largest resort area in the Baltic area, is Jurmala, located in the Gulf of Riga and consisting of 26km of coastline. Latvia’s longest river is Daugava, which runs through Riga.
  • The religion in Latvia is mainly Lutheran and Catholic with a significant Russian Orthodox minority
  • The official language in Latvia is Latvian - an Indo-European language. Other languages that are spoken are English, Russian and German.
  • The capital of Latvia is Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014.
  • Latvia exports wood and wood products, metals, foodstuff and machinery and equipment.
  • Besides the picturesque natural attractions, Latvia is also known for its cultural and social life. The Latvian Song and Dance Festival is a very important event with a participation that reaches the amount of 30,000 people.

 

Practical Information

Local currency:  Since 1st January 2014, the official currency of Latvia is the Euro;

Vaccinations: No specific vaccinations are required for Latvia;

Time Differences: Latvia is in the Eastern European Time Zone GMT+2. Daylight saving time (DST) starts on Sunday 29 March 2015, 03:00 local standard time.  DST ends on Sunday 25 October 2015, 04:00 local daylight time. 

Please see the local time in Latvia: http://localtimes.info/Europe/Latvia

Electric Power Voltage: Latvia’s electrical current is 220-240 Volts (50 Hertz). Electrical sockets (outlets) in Latvia are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko.

Weather: Latvia has a temperate climate that has been described in various sources as either humid continental (Köppen Dfb) or oceanic/maritime. Winter starts in mid-December and lasts until mid-March. Winters have an average temperature of −6 °C (21 °F) and are characterized by stable snow cover, bright sunshine, and short days. Summer starts in June and lasts until August. Summers are usually warm and sunny, with cool evenings and nights. Summers have an average temperature of around 19 °C (66 °F), with extremes of 35 °C (95 °F). Spring and autumn bring fairly mild weather.

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In case of emergency

The emergency number in Latvia is 112 - the European emergency number.

Useful links

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia:                                                 
http://www.mfa.gov.lv/en

Weather information: 

http://www.wunderground.com/global/stations/26422.html

Map of Latvia: 

http://www.latvia.travel/en/map

 

About Riga

Interesting facts about Riga

  • Riga, a city more than 800 years old and situated in the Gulf of Riga, is the capital of Latvia and its largest city. Riga has the largest collection of art nouveau buildings in the world. The location of the city in on both banks of the Daugava river which separates the city in two parts. The old parts are called Vecriga and Pardaugava
  • Riga is included in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage list.
  • Riga International Airport is situated only 12 mins from the city centre.
  • One of the theories regarding the name of Riga, is that, it got its name out of Riege which is the German name of the River Rīdzene.
  • The geographical location of Riga has developed the city in a major hub and is important to the city’s economic development.
  • Riga is an ideal place for travelers to enjoy a dynamic cultural life since it offers  a variety of theatres, concerts, art galleries and museums all year around. Some of the places worth visiting are the Latvia National Opera, the Latvia Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, the Latvian Museum of Nature, the Museum of Decorative Applied Arts and the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia.

 

Useful links

Information about Riga: 

http://www.worldtravelguide.net/latvia

http://www.latvia.travel/en

http://www.riga.com/tourism