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Quick Facts
CapitalRiga
Governmentparliamentary democracy
CurrencyLatvian lat (LVL)
Areatotal: 64,589 sq km
water: 1,000 sq km
land: 63,589 sq km
Population2,366,515 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageLatvian (official), Lithuanian, Russian, other
ReligionLutheran, Muslim, Russian Orthodox

Latvia is situated in Eastern Europe, one of the three Baltic States, between Estonia and Lithuania. Latvia is bordered to the east by the Baltic Sea. The highlight is the capital Riga, a World Heritage Site.

Map of Latvia

Regions

Cities

Other destinations

Understand

Latvia has joined the European Union in 2004, which makes many things much simpler for the traveller.

Get in

By plane

Riga has an international airport. Latvian national airline airBaltic offers flights to Riga from various European cities.

Ryanair and easyJet have started also flights to Riga from London, Stockholm, Tampere, Frankfurt and Berlin.

www.CSA.cz is also one of the better options (not the cheapest) for international travellers with 2 daily flights Riga - Prague.

By train

International train routes to Riga is from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and Vilnius. Check out the website for Latvijas Dzelzcels.

By car

By bus

See Eurolines

By boat

  • Riga Sea Line, [1]. There is ferry boat route from Stockholm to Riga.

Visa

  • Citizens of many countries, including Australia, Canada, the Unites States, New Zealand do not need a visa to enter Latvia for up to 90 days in a six month period. (Full list of countries)
  • As of May 1, 2004, Latvia is a member of the European Union, so citizens of EU countries will not need a visa regardless of their length of stay. (It seems, that there may be a transition period of several years, where Visa are still necessary for longer stays.) Full coverage travel (medical) Insurance appears to be required for entry into Latvia.

Get around

Talk

Latvian or Lettish is an Indo-European language that shares its own Baltic branch of that linguistic family with Lithuanian. The language is spoken natively by most of the 1.4 million residents of Latvia, with some Russian also spoken by the Russian ethnic community and older generations. In addition, German and English are understood in urban centers.

See also: Latvian phrasebook

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • There are many hotels to choose from. Apartments may be rented for short term stays as well.

Learn

Work

Stay safe

Stay healthy

Respect

Contact

External links

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