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Destination Latvia
- Latvijas Republika -

Conventional long form: Republic of Latvia conventional short form: Latvia local short form: Latvija former: Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic local long form: Latvijas Republika

After a brief period of independence between the two World Wars, Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 30% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia continues to revamp its economy for eventual integration into various Western European political and economic institutions and was invited to join NATO and the EU in 2002.

Border countries:

Belarus 141 km
Estonia 339 km
Lithuania 453 km
Russia 217 km

Coast line: 531 km




total: 64,589 sq km
water: 1,000 sq km
land: 63,589 sq km

2,348,784 (July 2003 est.)

Latvian (official), Lithuanian, Russian, other

maritime; wet, moderate winters

Latvia - some random facts -
  • The world's largest amber necklace is in Liepaja, in West Latvia. It measures 123 meters in length and weighs 60 kilograms.

  • Europe's widest waterfall is situated in the town of Kuldiga in Latvia. The waterfall called Ventas Rumba is 240 meters wide.

  • The world's largest Old Believers church is in Riga. For centuries Latvia has served as a refuge for Russian's Old Believers, who have added to the richness of Latvia's spiritual life.

Tourist information for all you ever wanted to know about Latvia is here

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