Welcome to Latvia!
Latvia is neither very large nor very small. It's a country cozily nestled between Estonia and Lithuania on the shore of the Baltic Sea, also known as the Amber Sea. The territory of Latvia (24,900 square miles) is inhabited by over 2.5 million people. Latvian language is one of the most ancient European Languages. Together with Lithuanian, Latvian forms the Baltic branch of the Indo-
You won't see smoking volcanoes or geysers, cloud-
Riga, announces itself with a unique and fantastically beautiful silhouette which is sometimes reflected in the Daugava, the largest river of Latvia, but sometimes secretively disappears in the fog. In 2001 Old Riga celebrated its 800th birthday. The Old Town is the most ancient part of Riga and it is also the beginning of Riga -
In sum, Latvia is one of Europe's great "get away from it all" discoveries. With 12,310 rivers and 3,000 lakes the country has many opportunities for boating and walking and just enjoying the outdoors. There are many small medieval towns, country castles, museums and folk parks to be visited.
Latvia has not yet adopted the euro as its currency and there is no definite date to do so. It continues to use the Lat (LVL) as its currency.
The Internet is the best source of information for tourists to Latvia, and the following is a sampling of sites that could be of interest for travelers to Latvia. The sites with general information on Latvia and Riga include details on information regarding transportation, places to visit, dining, as well as upcoming events
General Information and Accommodations
Latvian Culture Vortal
Riga This Week
http://www.inyourpocket.com (includes Riga and other cities in Latvia)
Hotels in Latvia
Welcome to Latvia
Cultural Events in 2006
EUROPE a never-
Museums, Castles and Manors
Latvian Museum Association
Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation
State Museum of Art http://www.vmm.lv
Rundale Castle Museum http://www.rpm.apollo.lv/index.htm
Latvian Castles, Palaces and Manors www.pilis.lv
Riga Gallery http://www.riga-
Riga is responsible for about half of the total industrial output of Latvia, focusing on the financial sector, public utilities, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, wood processing, printing and publishing, textiles and furniture, and communications equipment manufacturing. More than 50 percent of Latvian companies are registered in Riga region.
The port of Riga is an important cargo shipping centre. It is the principal all-