"Welcome to my country" Top 5 Page for this destination Latvia by LanaFromRiga

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If your destination is Latvia you should know...

- Latvia is a part of European Union, but it is not in Euro zone now. Money in Latvia are Lats (LVL) 1 Lat consists of 100 santims.
- Latvia consists of 4 regions: Kurzeme in the west, Vidzeme in the north, Latgale n the east and Zemgale in the centre and south.
- Latvia is a small country that's why don't miss to go inside it and enjoy Latvia's nature: forests, rivers, lakes and the sea.
- The capital of Latvia is Riga. People of Riga speak English, German, French and Italian. In other towns of Latvia all speak only in Latvian, only n Latgale people will understand you if you'll speak Russian.
Other useful and practical information about Latvia you'll find in this page's tips.

Your mini dictionary

Hello - Sveiki!
Good day - Labdien
How are you? - Ka tev iet?
Yes - ja/ No - ne
Goodbye - Uzredzeshanos
Please - Ludzu
Thank you - Paldies
What's your name? - Ka tevi sauc?
Pleased to meet you - Prieks iepazities
My name is... - Mani sauc...
Sorry - Atvainojiet
Where..? - Kur atrodas?...
How much does it cost? - Cik tas maksa?
Hotel - Viesnica
Right - Pa labi Left - Pa kreisi
Steight - Taisni
Bread - Maize, Milk - Piens
Water - Udens, Meat - Galja
Fruits - Augli, Vegetables - Darzeni
Open - Atverts, Closed - Slegts
Street – Iela

Facts about Latvia

Area: 64.589 km2;
Cultural and historical division: Vidzeme (Middle and Northern part of Latvia), Kurzeme (Western part), Zemgale (Southern), Latgale (Eastern);
Location: Europe's North-East, on the Eastern coast of the Baltic Sea;
Climate: Moderate Central European sea climate. In summer it can be hot (over +30C) In winter the lowest temperature can be -29C.
Rivers: longest - Daugava 1 020km (353km in Latvia);
Population (202) Latvia 2 340 008; Riga (capital) 744 631;
Ethnic composition: Latvian 58%, Russian 30%, Belarusian 4%, Ukrainian 2,6%, Polish 2,5%, Lithuanian 1,4%.
Languages: Latvia (official), Russian. English and German are becoming more popular.
Religions: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Autentic rural area with a little bit "out of civilization" spirit
  • Cons:No cross-references on roads, sometimes bad (unpolite) service
  • Intro Updated Mar 30, 2006
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  • MITNIC's Profile Photo
    May 5, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Nice page about your country! Good info

  • Aurorae's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Splendid page! Baltic countries are next on my Europe wish list, I'll surely use your advice when I'll be planning my trip!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2007 at 12:15 AM

    Looks like a great place for fishing enthusiasts. Thanks for all the tips. SL

  • Gertruderocks's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    Thank you for your info on Latvia! I'm planning on visiting your country in mid-June, so I have a lot of questions!!! I will definitely be looking at all you've written on your country. I haven't been there since 1997, so I'm sure a lot has changed... :)

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2007 at 2:11 AM

    Thanks, Lana! I've learned a lot!

  • Raimix's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2007 at 4:05 AM

    Nice page based on regions of Latvia! I see you are fishing fan..yes? :) Raimis.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2006 at 9:57 PM

    Should be some good fishing there with all the rivers and lakes. Sounds like a peaceful country and your tips help to decide where to go. thanks

  • Propermark's Profile Photo
    Jan 19, 2006 at 6:01 AM

    Nice page about your country! Latvija! Kakaya rossija est Latvija!! :))))

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2005 at 4:09 PM

    Hi Lana, I knew not that Letonia was such a centre for bullfighting aficionados.... (I need to visit to see for myself one day....) Cheers from the east....

LanaFromRiga Used To Live Here!


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