Quick Facts

  • The name Latvia originates from the ancient Latgalians (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.)
  • Officially the Rrepublic of Latvia
  • Latvia is a member of the United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe, NATO, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization, also part of the Schengen Area
  • Many species of plant and animal life that are endangered and/or extinct in other European nations still thrive in Latvia
  • Climate: maritime; wet, moderate winters
  • Ethnic Groups: Latvian 59.3%, Russian 27.8%, Belarusian 3.6%, Ukranian 2.5%, Polish, and Lithuanian
  • Languages: Latvian (official), Russian, Lithuanian
  • Religions: Lutheran 19.6%, Orthodox 15.3%
  • Population: 2.2 million
  • Major Cities: Riga (capital) 711,000
  • GDP per capita: $12,671
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

Parliamentary Republic

  • President: Andris Berzins
  • Prime Minister: Valdis Dombrovskis

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 72.93 years
  • Maternal Mortality rate: 20,100,000
  • Infant Mortality rate: 8.24/1,000
  • Physicians Density: 2.988/1,000 population
  • HIV/AIDS: 0.7%
  • Obesity: 15.6%
  • 4% of the Rural population has an unimproved drinking water source
  • 22% of the total population has unimporved access to sanitation facilities
  • Rick of Disease: intermediate
  • Bacterial diarrhea and tickborne encephalitis
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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