Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world? Why not start with these 22 interesting facts about Latvia!
Latvia is in the Baltic region of Northern Europe; it borders Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and Belarus and has a maritime border to Sweden in the West.
Its National name is Latvijas Republika.
It has a total area of 24,926 square miles (64,559 square kilometres).
Latvia has experienced a -6% decline in its population in the past 50 years; in 1960 the country had a population of 2.1 million but by 2018 this had dropped to 1.92 million.
Thats equivalent to just 0.02% of the worlds total population!
Flag of Latvia
Riga is the capital city. It has a total area of 117.4 square miles (304 square kilometres) and a population of 637,971 people in 2018
As well as accounting for 49% of the total industrial output of Latvia, Riga is famed for its 800 art nouveau buildings, making it a World Heritage site.
The coordinates for Latvia are 57.0000° N, 25.0000°
Latvia has an average age of 74.53 years (2016).
The Euro is the Latvian currency.
Almost half of Latvia is covered by forest.
A 2012 environmental performance survey ranked Latvia the world’s second best country in 2012.
Latvia has industries that include the manufacturing of agricultural machinery, vans, buses, street and railroad cars, radios, washing machines, electronics, synthetic fibres, textiles, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals and processed foods.
Latvia is home to Ventas Rumba, the widest rapids in Europe. They stretch 249 metres and boast a 100 metre wide waterfall which is only two metres high.
The Freedom Monument, Riga, Latvia
If you visit Latvia, look out for their bacon pies, called ‘speķapīrādziņi’ and their cold sour cream soup.
If you’re a ‘foody’ make sure you visit Latvia’s ‘Central Market’ (one of Europe’s largest), where you can buy fish, pickles and sausages.
A woman called Uljana Semjonova, born in 1952 in Latvia, was the 7th tallest woman in the world and was at one time the tallest female basketball player in the world!
‘Sveiki’ is Hello in Latvian.
A Latvian man called Arvids Blumentals became Australia’s most famous crocodile hunter and was the inspiration behind ‘Crocodile Dundee’ – he reputedly killed over 10,000 crocodiles in his lifetime from 1955.
Want to call family or friends in Latvia? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +371.
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