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.
Latvia has joined the European Union in 2004, which makes many things much simpler for the traveller.
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.
International train routes to Riga is from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk and Vilnius. Check out the website for Latvijas Dzelzcels.
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