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HOME: Latvia Facts

Latvia Facts and Stats


Are you looking for Latvia facts, stats and trivia info? Below you will find some fun Latvian information and resources that will help you impress your teacher on your next Social Studies quiz.


Official Name: Republic of LatviaSaint Peter's Church, Riga


Area: 64,589 km² (24,938 miles²)


Latvia Topography:


Fertile, undulating plains cover 75% of Latvia. The land gently rises in elevation from west to east with the highest point in the eastern highlands reaching more than 200 m (660 ft). 42% of Latvia is covered by forest.



Latvia Map

Reproduced with permission from Lonely Planet Publications © 2005



Latvia Time Zone:


Latvia has only one time zone, GMT + 2 hours


Latvia Weather:


Latvia has mild winters and cool summers. Average January temperatures range from –2.8°C (26°F) to 6.6°C (43°F). Average July temperatures ranges from 16.7°C (62°F) to 17.6°C (63°F), with the eastern part of the country experiencing slightly colder winters and warmer summers.


Latvia Population:


2,290,237 people (July 2005 est.)
Population growth rate: -0.69% (2005 est.)
Life Expectancy at birth: (2005 est.)
1. Female: 76.60 years
2. Male: 65.78 years
3. Total Population: 71.05 years
Sex ratio in Latvia: 0.86 male(s)/female (2005 est.)Riga, Latvia


Latvia Ethnic Groups:


Among the total population of Latvia, 57.7% are Latvian, 29.6% Russian, 4.1% Belarussian, 2.7% Ukrainian, 2.5% Polish, 1.4% Lithuanian, 2% other.


Latvia Religions:


Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox


Latvia Languages:


Latvian 58.2% (official language - an Indo-European language related to Lithuanian), Russian 37.5%, Lithuanian and other 4.3%.


Government type: Parliamentary Democracy


Capital: Riga


Latvia National Anthem (follow this link to learn the words)



Country Dialing Code: 371


Electricity: 220V, 50Hz, European socket (2-pins)


Additional Information for Latvia Travel:

Independent Latvia Guides & Interpreters


Latvia Travel - Riga