|General Information||Tourists Information||Geography|
Area: 64.589 (24.938 sq miles)|
Population: 2.566.352 (Jan.1,1994)
Capital: Riga, Population 889,500 (1992)
People: 52% Latvians, 34% Russians, 4,5% Byelorussians, 3,5% Ukrainians, 2,3 % Poles.
Highest point: 'Gaizins' - 311.5 metres.
Largest lake: Lubans - 82 sq km.
Largest river: Daugava - 1020 km (within Latvia 367 km).
Woodland: 40% Northern Kurzeme and Northern Vidzeme are most forested areas.
Nature preserve areas: Gauja National Park, 5 natural reserves, 11 landscape parks, 189 restricted areas. Average temperature: July +16.9 C, February -4.9 C.
Time: GMT +2 (GMT + 3 in summer).
Language: Latvian is the official language. It is an Indo-European, non-Slavic and non-Germanic language and is similar only to Lithuanian. Russian, English and German are widely spoken.
Religion: Predominantly Protestant (Lutheran) with Roman Catholic in the East of the country. There is also a Russian Orthodox minority.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs are in use.
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Latvia is situated on the Baltic coast and borders Estonia in the North,
Lithuania in the South, the Russian Republic in the East and Byelorussia
in the Southeast. The coastal plain is mostly flat, but inland to the east
the land is hilly with forests and lakes. A total of 43%of the country is
covered by forests, 10% consist of peat bogs, 2-3% of fresh water reservoirs,
40% is used for agriculture and 4% consist of towns, villages and roads.
Raznas Lake is the largest in Latvia, total number is 2.300. There are about
12.000 rivers in Latvia, but only 17 are longer than 100 km, the biggest being
the River Daugava (1.020 km-the part that flows through the territory of Latvia
is 365 km in length). The ports of Riga,Liepaja and Ventspils are ice free during
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