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Outline of Latvia

The location of Latvia
An enlargeable map of the Republic of Latvia

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Latvia:

Latviasovereign country located in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.[1] Latvia is bordered to the north by Estonia (343 km), to the south by Lithuania (588 km), and to the east both by Belarus (141 km) and the Russian Federation (276 km). Across the Baltic Sea to the west lies Sweden. The territory of Latvia covers 64,589 km² and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate.

The Latvians are a Baltic people closely related to the Lithuanians, with the Latvian language sharing many similarities to Lithuanian. Today the Latvians and Lithuanians are the only surviving members of the Baltic peoples and Baltic languages of the Indo-European family. The modern name of Latvia is thought to originate from the ancient Latvian name Latvji, which may have originated from the word Latve which is a name of the river that presumably flowed through what is now eastern Latvia.

Latvia is a democratic parliamentary republic and is divided into 26 districts. The capital and largest city is Riga. Latvia has been a member of the United Nations since 17 September 1991, of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and of NATO since 29 March 2004.

General reference

An enlargeable relief map of Latvia

Geography of Latvia

 Lithuania 576 km
 Estonia 343 km
 Russia 292 km
 Belarus 171 km

Environment of Latvia

An enlargeable satellite image of Latvia

Natural geographic features of Latvia

Ecoregions of Latvia

Administrative divisions of Latvia

Regions of Latvia

(current article is actually about the provinces of Latvia. The new Latvian regions were developed in accordance with EU-standardisation)

Districts of Latvia

Subdivisions of Latvia

Municipalities of Latvia

Demography of Latvia

Government and politics of Latvia

Main article: Government of Latvia and Politics of Latvia

Branches of the government of Latvia

Executive branch of the government of Latvia

Legislative branch of the government of Latvia

Judicial branch of the government of Latvia

Foreign relations of Latvia

International organization membership

The Republic of Latvia is a member of:[1]

Law and order in Latvia

Military of Latvia

Local government in Latvia

History of Latvia

Main article: Current events of Latvia

Culture of Latvia

Art in Latvia

Sports in Latvia

Economy and infrastructure of Latvia

Education in Latvia

See also


  1. ^ a b

External links

  • The President of Latvia
  • National Statistics Agency — Statistical information on economical, demographic, social, and environmental phenomena and processes of Latvia
  • Latvia from The World Factbook
  • Virtual World of Latvia (Latvian Institute)
  • The Latvian Institute — Publications on Latvian society, economy, culture and history
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