We use cookies to help us deliver our online services. By using our website or by closing this message box, you agree to our use of cookies as described in our Cookie policy.

Where is Latvia?

Where is Latvia? The Republic of Latvia is a country in Northern Europe in the Baltic region. Latvia was established as a sovereign state in 1918, and the city of Riga was chosen as the capital. As of today, Riga is still the capital and largest city in the country. The official language of Latvia is Latvian, which along with Lithuanian, is the only surviving Baltic language today.

Latvia is known for its unique culture and heritage, and despite foreign occupation and urbanization, the country has managed to keep its identity through musical and language traditions. Latvia has an area of 64,589 square kilometers and is bordered by Estonia from the north, Russia from the east, Belarus from the southeast, and Lithuania from the south while also sharing a maritime border with Sweden from the west.

Where is Latvia in terms of geography and tourism? Latvia is situated on the eastern shores of the Baltic Sea, northwest of the East European Craton. Most of the country is less than 100 meters above sea level. The total length of the country’s border from north to south is 210 kilometers whereas it is 450 kilometers from east to west. Latvia experiences a mix of oceanic and humid continental climate, with all four seasons at nearly equal lengths. The weather is pleasant through most part of the year, but in winters, the temperatures can reach extremes..

The Lubans Lake is the largest lake with an area of 80.7 square kilometers, and is one of the most popular places to visit in Latvia. The Dridzis Lake on the other hand, is the deepest lake with 65.1 meter in depth. The Daugava River is the longest flowing river in the country, and the Gulf of Riga is situated in the northwestern part of the country.

Latvia has the fifth largest inland forests in the EU, accounting for 56% of the total land area. The country has over 12,500 rivers and 29% area for agriculture. Its diverse geography has resulted in four national parks, all of which are popular places to visit in Latvia during the summer.

The city of Riga is home to many points of interest and tourist destinations. The Riga Castle, situated on the Gulf of Riga, defines Baltic architecture and the heritage of the region. The Art Museum Riga Bourse is one of the most prestigious art centers in Europe along with the Latvian Academy of Art. The Latvian National Opera is another popular place to visit if you are looking for foreign plays to watch.