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Latvia is one of three countries known as the "Baltic States". The other Baltic State countries are Estonia and Lithuania. Latvia is also known as Lettland.
The official state symbols are the flag, the coat of arms and the national anthem. In addition, the oak tree, amber and the white wagtail are just some of the many natural symbols that appear in Latvian designs and decorations.
Latvia has a temperate climate that has been described in various sources as either humid continental or oceanic/maritime. Latvia has four pronounced seasons of near-equal length.
At one time, Latvians ascribed to naturalist or what might be termed ‘pagan’ beliefs in natural deities. Although no longer practised as a religion the tradition lives on in folk songs, legends and festivals. Christianity arrived during the 12th and 13th centuries while the Russian Orthodox religion took hold in the 18th century. The effect religion had on the population greatly diminished during Communist occupation, when followers were harassed and discriminated against. Today the constitution guarantees freedom of religion. There has been a religious resurgence since the fall of the Communist regime, with the majority of the population belonging to the Lutheran church, although there are also large Catholic and Orthodox Christian minorities.
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 696,618 inhabitants (January 2013), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic States and home to more than one third of Latvia's population. The city is an important seaport and major industrial_ commercial, cultural and financial center of the Baltic Sea Region. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava. Riga's territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq. mi) and lies between 1 and 10 meters (3.3 and 33 ft.) above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.
The official language of Latvia is Latvian, which belongs to the Baltic language group of the Indo-European language family. Another notable language of Latvia is the nearly extinct Livonian language of Baltic-Finnic sub-branch of Uralic language family, which enjoys protection by law. The Latgalian language (a dialect of Latvian) is also protected by Latvian law as historical variation of Latvian language. Russian is by far the most widespread minority language.
Starting from 1st of January 2014 Latvian currency is Euro.
Sunny days per year: 180 (4 320 hours)
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