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General facts about Latvia

 

Population 2,334,200
   
Territory 64,589 sq.km
   
Ethnic composition 55,7% Latvians
32,3% Russians
3,9 % Belorussians
2,9% Ukrainians
2,2% Poles
1,3% Lithuanians
   
Capital Riga (population 753 000)
First mentioned in the chronicles in 1201
   
Language Latvian-Baltic language group, Indo-European family
of languages (non Slavic). Inhabitants also speak
Russian, English or German
   
Sea Baltic Sea coast length 497km. largest sea resort city Jurmala (33 km)
   
Climate Moderately warm with summers mostly sunny. Average summer temperature +23C. Average winter temperature -5C.First snow fall in December.
   
Currency The Latvian Lats (LVL), 1 EUR=approx.0,60 LVL
   
Local Time GMT +2 hours
   
Religion Protestant, Catholic, Russian Orthodox
   
Visas Citizens of most countries do not require visas for entering Latvia. More information on www.mfa.gov.lv



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