21 Lighthearted Facts about Latvia

    1. Latvia is in the Baltic region of Northern Europe; it borders Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and Belarus and is a maritime border to Sweden in the West.
    2. Its National name is Latvijas Republika.
    3. It has a total area of 24,926 square miles (64,559 square kilometres).
    4. 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 2014 this had dropped to 2 million.
    5. Riga is the capital city. It has a total area of 117.4 square miles (304 square kilometres) and a population of 643,000 people.
    6. 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.
    7. The coordinates for Latvia are 57.0000° N, 25.0000°
    8. Latvia has an average age of 73.8 years.
    9. The Euro is the Latvian currency.

  1. Almost half of Latvia is cover by forest.
  2. A 2012 environmental performance survey ranked Latvia the world’s second best country in 2012.
  3. 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.
  4. Agriculturally, Latvia produces vegetables, potatoes, sugar beet, grain, beef, pork, milk, eggs and fish.
  5. The Latvian Independence day is November 18th, dating back to the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia in 1918.
  6. 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.
  7. If you visit Latvia, look out for their bacon pies, called ‘speķapīrādziņi’ and their cold sour cream soup.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. ‘Sveiki’ is Hello in Latvian.
  11. 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.
  12. The international dialling code for Latvia is 00371.  To find out how to make cheap calls to Latvia with Cherry Call, simply click here

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