Facts about Latvia

Latvia is located between Estonia in the north and Lithuania in the south on the Baltic coast. Inland, it also borders Russia and Belarus. 45% of the country is covered by natural forests, and the coastline stretches over 500 kilometers of long sandy beaches.

The country is rich in history, culture and architecture. In 2014, Latvia’s capital, Riga, was named European Capital of Culture. The country is also famous for its folk song and regularly holds the Latvian song and dance festival.

What to see in Latvia?

Riga’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a beautiful city with winding cobbled streets. Here are many exciting museums and art galleries, a vibrant nightlife and many cozy restaurants and cafes. Riga has the largest concentration of German art nouveau architecture in Europe.

Outside of Riga there are many interesting cities and regions. Jurmala is the largest resort on the Baltic coast and is only 25 kilometers from Riga. Jurmala is also famous for its healing spa treatments. Kuldige is known as the Venice of Latvia because of the many rivers that run through the area. It is a beautiful old historic town and has one of the oldest brick bridges in Europe.

Cesis is a charming town with cobbled streets, historic wooden buildings and a 16th-century medieval castle. The Museum of History and Art here is worth a visit. Gauja National Park offers diverse nature with its many cliffs and caves and houses 500 cultural and historical monuments. In Dunte you can visit the Munchhausen Museum, which is based on the legendary Baron Von Munchhausen who lived in Dunte.

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    Questions and answers

    The language of Latvia?

    What language is spoken in Latvia?

    In Latvia, the official language is Latvian. Most younger people speak English very well. Many of the older generation speak German.

    How many inhabitants does Latvia have?

    The total population of Latvia is approximately 1,900,000

    What is the capital of Latvia?

    The capital and largest city of Latvia is Riga

    When did Latvia join the EU?

    Latvia is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on 1 May 2004

    Is Latvia part of Schengen?

    Latvia has participated in the Schengen cooperation since 21 December 2007

    Is Latvia a member of NATO?

    Yes, Latvia has been a member of the NATO Alliance since March 29, 2004

    What time is it in Latvia?

    Latvia has a time zone of UTC +2. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Latvia?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Latvia?

    When is the best time to holiday in Latvia?

    The best time to visit Latvia is spring and autumn. However, this is the time when most rain falls.

    Spring is a pleasant season with a few showers. Autumn is also a good time of year when the weather is pleasant. The winter is usually cold with many parts of the country covered in snow.

    Is it safe to travel in Latvia?

    It is safe to travel in Latvia which has low crime rate as long as you take the same precautions as you would in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.

    Family holiday with children in Latvia

    If you need to take children on holiday to Latvia, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Latvia with kids

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