Riga - the capital of  Latvia. Latvia borders to the north by Estonia, Russia to the east, Lithuania to the south and the Baltic Sea to the west. Its strategic location has made it an international crossroad for trade, commerce and cultural exchange since ancient times. Vikings followed the ‘Amber Road’ through Latvian territory along the Daugava River to reach Byzantium, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Colling code: +371
Emergency calls: 112
Time zone: GMT +3

Medical Care: Travellers with medical insurance are entitled to medical care in Riga.

Climate: Latvia’s weather features a temperate maritime climate, with mild summers, moderate winters and frequently high levels of humidity and precipitation.

  • In summer: 15.8°C (in the capital 16.1°C)
  • In winter: -4.5°C (in the capital -3.8°C)
  • The warmest month: July
  • The coldest month: January

The population of the Republic is 1.968 million people (Capita Riga - 723 931) of which Latvians–59.0 %, Russians – 28.3 %, Byelorussians – 3.7 %, Ukrainians – 2.5 %, Poles – 2.4 %, Lithuanians – 1.4 % and other – 2.1 %.

Evangelic Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Russian Orthodox. Since the 16th century Reformation, the Lutheran church has played a leading role in Latvia.

The official language of the Republic of Latvia is Latvian, however many speak English, Russian, Lithuanian and German.

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Latvia Government Type: Parliamentary republic. 

National currency: (€).

Nationals of EU and EEA member states are free to enter Latvia. The required travel document for entry is a national ID card or passport.

Industries: Synthetic fibres, agricultural machinery, washing machines, vans, buses, cars, railroad cars, electronics, fertilizers, processed fertilizers, processed foods, pharmaceuticals.

Natural resources: Limestone, peat, dolomite, wood, arable land, hydropower, amber.

Electricity standard: 220 volts mainstream; European standard 50 hertz plugs are used

Public holidays:

January 1 - New Year’s Day
April 6 - Good Friday Friday before Easter Sunday
April 9 - Easter Monday
May 1 - Labour Day
May 4 - Declaration of Independence Day. If the day is on the weekend the next Monday is a holiday.
June 24
- St. John' s Day Jani
June 24 - Midsummer Day St. John' s Day
November 18 - Latvian National day If the day is on the weekend the next Monday is a holiday.
December 25
- Christmas Day
December 26 - Second day of Christmas


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