Where is Latvia?

Located in Eastern Europe, Latvia has a 1,370.00 km border with Belarus (161 km), Estonia (333 km), Lithuania (544 km) and Russia (332 km). It has a 498.00 km coastline. The Latvian parliament has still not ratified its 1998 maritime boundary with Lithuania.

Latvia is a European country covering 64,589.00 km2 of which 3.62% is water and 62,249.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 73rd smallest country in the world and slightly larger than West Virginia. Its geographic coordinates are 57 00 N, 25 00 E and Riga is the capital city.

The name Latvia originates from the ancient Latgalians.

Its ISO code is LV.

Geography

Latvia has a mean elevation of 87 m above sea level.

it has a maritime climate with wet, moderate winters. Its terrain mostly consists of low plains.

Population

Latvia has a population of 1,965,686 making it the 148th largest in the world. The highest concentration of people can be found in and around the capital city of Riga.

Latvian is the official language; Russian widely spoken. The major ethnicity reported is Latvian, followed by Russian and Belarusian. The majority of the population has Christian beliefs, with a large minority identifying as unspecified.

The dialing code for the country is 371.

Government

Latvia is an independent country. It declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. Its constitution was last ratified in 1922.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Latvia's GDP is $50,650,000,000.00 (USD) with $25,700.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 108th largest economy and its citizens the 71st richest in the world. The currency of Latvia is the Lat (LVL).

Its major export partners are Lithuania, Russia, and Estonia. Its main exports are foodstuffs, wood and wood products, and metals. Its major import partners are Lithuania, Germany, and Poland. Its major imports include machinery and equipment, consumer goods, chemicals, and fuels.

This page was last modified on December 15th, 2017