Country's codes

International phone code for Latvia: +371

Standard ISO 3166-1:

    3 letters: LVA

    2 letters (internet domain): .LV

    Digital country code 428

Standard EAN-13 (country barcode): 475 

Olympic country code: LAT

FIFA code: LAT


Useful country information

Total area: 24,903 sq mi (64,500 sq km); total area: 24,938 sq mi (64,589 sq km)

Population (2022 est.): 1.883 million

Capital and largest city (2022 est.): Riga, 625,000

Capital City
Riga: Capital City Profile

Monetary unit: euro

Current government officials

Languages: Latvian (official) 56.3%, Russian 33.8%, other 0.6% (includes Polish, Ukrainian, and Belarusian), unspecified 9.4% (2011)

Ethnicity/race: Latvian 61.1%, Russian 26.2%, Belarusian 3.5%, Ukrainian 2.3%, Polish 2.2%, Lithuanian 1.3%, other 3.4% (2013)

Religions: Lutheran 19.6%, Orthodox 15.3%, other Christian 1%, other 0.4%, unspecified 63.7% (2006)

National Holiday: Independence Day, November 18


Background:

After a brief period of independence between the two World Wars, Latvia was annexed by the USSR in 1940. It reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 26% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow. Latvia continues to revamp its economy for eventual integration into various Western European political and economic institutions. Since May 2004 Latvia is a member of the European Union, it joined the euro zone in 2014



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