Key Facts and Numbers
|Official language:||Latvian (English and Russian also is widely spoken)|
|Area:||64’589 km 2|
|Coast line:||494 km|
|Time Zone:||GMT +2, November to March GMT +3|
|Country dialing code:||+371|
|Electricity standard:||220 volts; EU standard 50 hertz plugs|
|Units of measure:||Metric system|
Riga International Airport (RIX) is located only minutes away from the Riga downtown and is one of the fastest growing travel hubs in Europe by providing cheap, fast and easy access to any country in Europe, Russia or elsewhere in the world.
The largest Latvian ice-free ports provide a wide range of global shipping needs. Port “Ventspils” is one of the busiest ports in the Baltic Sea region in terms of cargo turnover.
Economical and Political Environment
Latvia is a democratic republic that abides by the rule of law. It is fully integrated into the European Union by applying European Union laws and regulations within its legal system.
Latvian Nature and Main Cities
Main Cities in Latvia
Latvia’s political, economic and culture centre is Riga, where more than one third of Latvia’s population (650 thousand) live and work. Riga is one of the oldest medieval cities in Europe and has been listed by UNESCO as one of the world’s most important cultural and heritage sites.
Kuldīga is possibly the most romantic and cinematic town of Latvia, characterized by narrow, winding streets, wooden, stone and brick houses from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.