MICE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE

LATVIA

LATVIA

AREA and LOCATION
Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republika) is a Baltic country (culturally related to neighbouring Estonia and Lithuania) and is situated in Northern Europe. Latvia’s territory extends over 64,589 square km. A former Soviet country, Latvia has been independent since September 6, 1991. Latvia is devided into 109 counties and 9 cities.

 

BORDERING COUNTRIES

Belarus (141 km), Lithuania (588 km), Russian Federation (276 km), Estonia (343 km)

 

THE CAPITAL CITY and MAJOR CITIES

Riga is the country’s capital as well as the largest city with approximately 702,145 inhabitants (2015) and is thus the largest city of the Baltic states. Riga is an important industrial, commercial, financial and cultural hub as well as a seaport. Other large cities include Daugavpils (343,646 inhabitants), Liepaja (301,621 inhabitants), Jelgava (281,928 inhabitants) and Valmiera (235,576 inhabitants).

 

CLIMATE

Latvia has a temperate seasonal climate with warm summers and mild springs and autumns. Winter temperatures can get extreme due to location in the North. Coldest month is January with -5 C (even though it can reach -20 C), summers are warm with 25-30 C (sometimes 30 C or more).

 

AREA CODE

+371

 

CURRENCY

Lats (LVL)

DISTANCES

Riga is situated 221 km from Kaunas, 259 km from Vilnius,

280 km from Tallinn and 369 km from Helsinki.

 

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

General emergency line 112

Police 02

Ambulance 03

Fire Service 01

Toll-free telephone numbers in Latvia begin with 800

 

INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Riga International Airport
http://www.riga-airport.com/
Ventspils International Airport
http://www.airport.ventspils.lv/

 

LANGUAGE

The official language is Latvian (sometimes referred Lettish) – there are about 1.4 million Native Latvian speakers in Lithuania and 150,000 abroad. Latvian is a Baltic language (related to Lithuanian, albeit not mutually intelligible).

 

MOBILE OPERATORS

Bite http://www.bite.lv
LMT http://www.lmt.lv

Tele2 http://www.tele2.lv

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS (2010)

1 Jan New Year’s Day, 2 Apr Good Friday, 5 Apr Easter Monday, 1 May Labour Day, 4 May Declaration of Independence Day, 23 Jun Ligo (Midsummer’s Eve), 24 Jun Jani (Midsummer’s Day/St John’s Day), 18 Nov Latvian National Day, 25 Dec Christmas Day, 26 Dec Boxing Day, 31 Dec New Year’s Eve.

 

POLITICAL SYSTEM
Parliamentary republic, since May 1, 2004 – part of the European Union.

 

POPULATION

1,978,503 (2015)

 

POWER NETWORK
220 V/50 Hz, Two round pins plug

 

PRESIDENT

Raimond Vejonis

 

RAIL TRANSPORT
Latvian Railways
http://www.ldz.lv/

ROAD TRANSPORT

BUS:
Eurolines

http://www.eurolines.lv/

RENT A CAR:
Sixt

http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/latvia/

 

SMOKING

Smoking ban is in place since January 2006 (enforced since July). The law prohibits smoking in front of office buildings and in most public places. As of 2010, smoking is prohibited in all indoor public catering places as well as in public transport.

 

TAXIS

It is cheaper to order a taxi by phone than hailing one in the street (especially at bus and railway stations and airports).
red coloured taxis – tel: 83 83
http://www.rtp.lv/

Riga Taxi – tel: 29 55 33 01
http://www.rigataxi.net/

 

TIME

Standard time zone: Easter European Time (EET), UTC/GMT + 2 hours, Summer (DST) –  EEST (UTC + 3)

 

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