Country Profile - Latvia

Name: Republic of Latvia

Location: Northern Europe

Time: IST (-) 3 1/2 hrs

Capital: Riga

Language: Latvian (official) 58.2%, Russian 37.5%, Lithuanian and other 4.3% (2000 census)

Area: 64,589 sq kms

Population: 2,204,708 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 18 Nov (Proclamation of the Republic)

Currency: Latvian Lat (LVL).

Climate: Temperate climate, but with considerable temperature variations. Summer is warm with relatively mild weather in spring and autumn. Winter, which lasts from November to mid-March, can be very cold. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with the heaviest rainfall in August. Snowfall is common in the winter months.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 25 Dec Christmas Day. 26 Dec Boxing Day. 31 Dec New Year's Eve.

Airline Name: Air Baltic Corporation (BT)

International Airports: Spilve (Riga) (RIX)