|Currency||Latvian lat (LVL)|
|Area||total: 64,589 sq km |
water: 1,000 sq km
land: 63,589 sq km
|Population||2,366,515 (July 2002 est.)|
|Language||Latvian (official), Lithuanian, Russian, other|
|Religion||Lutheran, Roman Catholic, 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
- Silja Line operates a ferry route between Riga and Helsinki.
- 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 will be a member of the European Union, so citizens of EU countries will not need a visa regardless of their length of stay.