Founded in 1918 and located in Northern Europe, Latvia lies on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. It is a green country with a rich cultural heritage. A half of Latvia’s territory is covered by forests, which makes it the 4th most forested country in Europe. 

Latvia is a safe and welcoming country, offering space and opportunities for everyone, whether you are looking for studies with a balance between moderate entertainment in bigger cities or the presence of nature in smaller citiesLatvia has it all. 

Official name:Republic of Latvia
Political system: The Parliamentary Republic, represented by a unicameral parliament (Saeima), with 100 members elected once in 4 years
Country code:LV
Capital city:Riga, the biggest city in the Baltic states
Other major cities:Daugavpils, Valmiera, Jelgava, Liepaja, Ventspils
Time zone:

GMT+2; GMT+3 (Summer)

Membership:European Union, Schengen Area, Eurozone, United Nations, Council of Europe, NATO, OECD, WTO
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Official language:Latvian
Most used foreign languages:Russian, English, German
Border countries:Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus
Coastline:498 km (Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga)
Surface Area:total: 64,589 sq km
land: 63,589 sq km
water: 1,000 sq km
International dialing code:+371
Population:1,906,743 (2019)

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