Introduction

Summary

Independent republic in north east Europe with a Baltic Sea border. Also bordered by Russia to the east, Estonia to the north, and Lithuania and Belarus to the south. Member of the EU and NATO.

Cities

Capital: Riga

Principal Ports

Riga, Ventspils, Liepaja

Population

1.93 million

International Country Code

LV

Language(s)

Latvian (official), Russian

Religion

Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Orthodox Christian

Literacy Rate

99.8%

Emergency Services

The emergency telephone numbers are: Police — 110 or 112, Fire — 112 or 01 and Ambulance — 112 or 113

Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

230V, 50Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 371

Time

2 hours ahead of GMT.

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