Latvia - Country information

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General information about the country

Official name of the country: Republic of Latvia

Form of government: Parliamentary republic

Area: 64,589 km2

Population: 1,996,000

Official language: Latvian

Capital: Riga (Rīga)

Population of the capital: 643,368

Important economic and cultural cities: Cēsis, Liepāja, Ventspils, Valmiera, Rēzekne, Daugavpils, Rīga

Interesting facts about the country

  • The capital of Latvia, Riga is famous for some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe.
  • Latvia is home to the widest waterfall in Europe: Ventas Rumba, at 110 m (360 ft) wide, though only 2 m high.
  • Riga is the birthplace of the Christmas tree (500 years ago).
  • You can enjoy homemade fruit wines on a wine tasting tour in Kurzeme (Western Latvia).
  • Latvia's Song and Dance Festival is included in the UNESCO list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The first such festival took place in 1873.


Top 5 Lists

Top 5 tourist products

  • Culture tourism (Folklore, Traditions, architecture)
  • SPA & Wellness and Medical treatments
  • Nature and ecotourism (National parks and nature trails)
  • Citybreaks (Local food, restaurants, concerts and festivals)
  • Active Holidays (Cycling, adventure parks and hikes)

Top 5 tourist destinations

  • Riga – old city and art nouveau
  • Sigulda, Cēsis and Gauja national park
  • Jūrmala Resort
  • Rundāle Palace
  • Liepāja City

TOP 5 souvenirs

  • Amber
  • Riga black balsam
  • Woolens and linen
  • Pottery
  • Local organic food and natural cosmetic

Top 5 events

  • The Latvian song and dance festival
  • Jāņi summer solstice celebration
  • City festivals
  • Riga Opera Festival
  • Music Festival "Positivus"

Chinese twin towns and twin counties

Riga and Suzhou are twin cities since 1997
Daugavpils and Harbin are twin cities since 2003


Embassies in China

Embassy of the Republic of Latvia
71 Greenland Garden,Greenland Road 1A,
Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100016, People's Republic of China
+86 10 6433 3863
Fax: +86 10 6433 3810

General consulates and consulates in China



List of international airports in the country

Riga International Airport (RIX)


 Contact information:

Latvian Tourism Development Agency
55, Brivibas Street
Riga, LV-1519
Phone: +371 67229945